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It's been a while since I've posted about my writing.

Lately, I've been getting back into the habit of trying to spend an hour a day on my writing. Right now, that means revision. While my Nanowrimo novel from 2008 sits on the back burner for a bit (it needed some feedback, and I couldn't stand to look at it anymore), I am working on the second draft of my Nanowrimo novel from 2009.

I realized tonight that, depending upon how you measure, I'm 2/3 of the way through it. Since I'm basing that on what page I'm up to relative to the last page, I'm probably further than that, since I deleted a bunch of scenes and pages along the way. The end is in sight, and this makes me excited.

I don't know why, but I actually enjoy chopping out parts of my story. One less paragraph or page or scene to spend time reworking/rewriting/tweaking, I guess.

But sometimes, I worry I've chopped too much. That scene that seems to add nothing, what if it tells us something about the character? What if it helps with the pacing? What if I've taken out all of the quirky parts just because I don't think they drive the plot forward? What if I've somehow sanitized it, made it more generic?

These are the thoughts that sometimes go through my head, the worry that, in revising a scene, I will somehow make it worse instead of better.

But most of the time, I just enjoy the process. This time around, I made some massive structural changes from Draft 1 to Draft 2, and I've also been enjoying how the novel keeps getting shorter, because I know my original word count was too high, and the new one will be significantly lower. And there's something satisfying about making it all work. 

And there's also something satisfying, in general, about just getting back to my writing. Over the winter, I moved away from it for a bit. I forgot how good it feels. I keep wanting to stay up later to work on my story. It's a good feeling.
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So, as it turns out, that final read-through is taking me a bit longer than planned. I still have 90 pages to go out of 250-ish, and then I have to go back and fix one inconsistency that I found.

So remember how I said I'd send it out to the beta readers by the end of the weekend? Well... how about some time before *next* weekend?

Also, so many of you volunteered to beta read for me, and so I want to say thank you. I think it would be a bit too overwhelming to send it to everyone who offered, so if you don't end up getting to beta read, please do not take it personally.
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So Nanowrimo is over. And I finished the novel in November for once - just barely - as noted in my previous post.

And now it is going to sit in a metaphorical drawer (which is to say, unopened on my computer and on my flash drive) until at least January.

In the meantime, I need to move my brain to something else, so I picked up last year's Nano novel, because I was in the middle of working on editing it when November started, so it seemed like a good idea to go back to it.

On the plus side, Alexis's voice (last year's) is different from Ben's (this year's), which is a good thing. I hear her differently in my head, and I wrote her differently.

On the minus side, I am having such a tough time focusing back in on the other novel now. I am still so rooted in this year's that it is hard to go back to a different project.

I've never done this before, moved from one project to another in such a short timespan. And I had no issues moving in the opposite direction - when November began and I put down last year's to start this year's.

Anyway, it's interesting, and I felt like sharing - so I did.
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As of this evening, my novel has hit 75,736 words.

And no, it isn't done yet. I thought it would be, by 75,000, but the story just keeps going. I know what the climax is, and I know what steps I need to take to get there, but all this other stuff keeps happening in between! Still, it's exciting. I don't think I have ever written anything this long.

And I do still plan to finish it by the end of November. (Really. Really, really.)

If I can keep it under 100,000, I should be able to, based on the pace I have been keeping.

Also, on a completely unrelated note, saw Twilight the movie last night. It was bad. It really was. In so many ways.

Maybe now, I can finally stop being obsessed with the series.

Oh, and I went to the annual discounted booksale I go to today. The one where brand new books cost $4 and $2 and all sorts of other fun, low prices. I am pleased to report I spent under $50 this year. But they had a terrible selection - or lack thereof - on the scifi/fantasy table. So much for stocking up on new books to read. Oh well.
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There is still, as always, something special about stepping inside that voting machine and throwing the huge lever across to sink in your vote. There is something even more special about casting a vote in what will be, either way, a historic Election Day. Everywhere I go, I hear stories about people who woke up when the polls opened, who waited an hour in lines that stretched around the block, or snaked back and forth until they were four layers deep. I arrived at my polling place at 4:30 pm, and it was set up as it always is. My district (all of once city block) still votes in the same place in the same room. There were six or seven people ahead of me - a pretty short line - though it still took about 15 minutes to get up to me. But since my district is all of one city block, it should be no surprise that the person ahead of me in line lives in my building, so we stood there chatting.

The poll worker told me that in all the years she has been doing this, it has never been so busy. That just made it feel even more special. To be able to vote in an election like this one.

I do hope it turns out the way I want it to. Ideally by tomorrow morning and not a month from now. (Yeah, I got to vote in *that* election too. Eight years ago today was the first time I ever voted.)

I cast my vote around sunset, even though it was not yet five pm. Apparently, election day now also means fall and winter to me. The weather was mild, but there were leaves on the ground, I noticed for the first time this season. It made me a bit contemplative, to emerge at 4:50 from the school where I vote and note how it was already getting dark.

Then, I came home and wrote 2,000 words of novel. Despite the 2,000 I had to un-write last night to fix a plot problem (had to backtrack), I am already past the 10,000 word mark. A fifth of the way there, and enjoying it immensely.
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I think I may finally have finished the rough draft of the novel I began during NaNoWriMo back in November. As some of you may recall, I hit 50,000 words - the word count needed to "win", then sort of stopped mid-book.

The "final" word count is around 57,000, and there are definitely some things I wanted to put in there that didn't make it, but hey, it's a rough draft.

And it found a spot to end.

So now, I need to let it sit for a while, and then begin a process that is going to be new and strange for me - actually revising it and getting it past Draft I and into Draft II.

If anyone knows of any good resources on revision, please do let me know.

But meanwhile, I think it's done!

I won!

Nov. 28th, 2006 07:12 pm
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52,229 - or so the word counter says...

Before I saved it to a .txt file, it was 51,320. Not sure how saving it as text added 900 words - but either way, I am above 50,000.

Plus, the rough draft is finished.

Now what? :)
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Hey! You've got a bird on your shoulder!

The firefighter was supposed to be going into a building to check out a possible fire - or maybe waiting for a fellow firefighter at the time.
The bird was a tropical bird and rather large. Maybe a parrot.
My guess? He was on his way to the exotic pet store/doctor.

In other news, lots has happened since my last post. I signed up for NaNoWriMo (that's National Novel Writer's Month, for those who don't know). My profile has nothing in it, but if you care to randomly check the word count, it's the usual user ID. I am a bit behind, though not by much, thanks to a certain boyfriend's brother's wedding, which, by the way, was a rather interesting experience.

But I am not quite sure what to say about it - except, Mexico. Ended at 4 am. Outdoors. But the trip definitely had some fun elements... like shopping and window shopping, and watching all the stuff that Mexicans apparently do at weddings.

Oh, and on the way home, I noticed that the baggage carousel - or whatever it is called - must have been used for many flights from Israel - it had about 10 of those pink security stickers on it - well, two were other colors - that they put on all of the luggage. Okay, okay, exactly 10 - unless a few were hiding under the "priority" luggage. My bag took so long to come out that I counted them - repeatedly. Stop rolling your eyes at me. I was running on two hours of sleep, plus a nap, and I needed something to keep me occupied while that thing went around and around and around without adding any new luggage...

Anyway, so I am still here - and finally writing something.

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