So, anything new going on with you, this fine Sunday night?
I’ve got some pretty big news to report – I’ve made it past my 100,000 word goal for my NaNoWriMo novel, King of Shreds and Patches!
That means I’ve attained half of my major goal for November; I still have 8 scenes left to write, so I’m estimating that the completed WIP draft will have ~ 120K – ~125k words. After writing so many, that feels a bit refreshing, and, at the same time, like it can’t get here quite fast enough.
I am breathing, and not rushing. Every other WIP I’ve completed, I’ve felt unhappy with the end, with the way I truncated the resolutions. Thanks to Rock Your Plot, I have a plan for this novel that will, I hope, allow me to write resolution scenes that really satisfy my readers, my characters, – and me, too!
So, as I write the final three scenes before the resolution, I’ll also rereading each character’s scenes, so that I have a feel for the loose threads and themes I want to be sure to address when I reach their climactic scene.
This feels like a happier, more unified way to go about things than my former groping in the dark places of my own imagination, just wanting to get it over with…
There’s been more tweaking of scenes, this session, as the cumulative changes and revelations gather and necessitate changes. But they’re good changes that make the story stronger, and, with the plan in place, it’s a lot easier than it’s ever been for me to see where the changes need to be made, and in what direction.
And then there have been those scenes that defy the outline I set out for them, breathe their own life and purpose, and turn out better than I ever could have planned them. I’ve always loved those scenes, and it’s a big reason why I remained a pantser for so long – I thought planning would rob me of them.
It turns out that the plan helps me clarify what the scene should be doing, and that can lead to the magic of a scene that writes itself – and does its job in the novel, too! =D
Whatever you’ve been occupied with, I hope it’s brought you the type of joy I’ve felt, this session!
King of Shreds and Patches – Complete ~ 100,000 word draft during NaNoWriMo 2013. On target.
Completed Scenes: 52/60. Eight to go! =)
Word Count: 105,471/ ~100,000. (Word count goal exceeded!)
Completed Chapters: 13/17; Chapter 14 in progress.
And to wrap up the prepping phase:
Chart vital stats for each scene: (the old whowhatwherewhenwhyhow). On target.
57/60 scenes completed – three to go!
Set up scenes in Scrivener. On target.
56/60 scenes set up – four left!
Double check all notes and prep for consistency. On target.
57/60 scenes completed!
Some fairly significant tweaks and changes as I move toward the conclusion. A lot less painful and teeth-gnashing inducing than in my less thoroughly planned WIPs. The system seems to welcome changes, and provide them with a hot beverage!
Tidying and beautifying my physical, virtual, and interior spaces.
Although it’s not listed, I have done a fair amount of general hometending, in various spaces, throughout this session.
Clean main Documents folder.
While cleaning up my Dropbox, where I had been saving everything, I deleted and organized some files.
Exercise and Movement.
Make time and sweetness for Jim, in ways that are meaningful to us both, and in ways that are important to him. Target attained!
Romance, more attention to smoothing my nighttime activities while he sleeps.
Do the same for the children, individually and together. Target attained!
Time, conversation, snuggles, adventures with the new car, treats and Prime Time at the Y for Annalise, and time on the arc trainer for Miah.
Immerse myself in writing, living, and being with my family, striving for presence. Target attained!
Yes. Hometending, family time, writing, and outings blended together well.
Regularly evaluate; adjust as needed. Target attained!
For the wind-down of my NaNo effort, things seem to be flowing well, although I would be delighted with less clutter, without being the one to declutterize it! =D
Practice movement daily, for at least a few minutes. Target attained!
A tiny little workout, moderate homtending, a touch of dancing.
Work out at least once a week. Target attained!
A tiny little workout – we got to the Y late, and I was exhausted. It had also been three weeks or so since I was able to get to the Y, so I settled for a few minutes on the arc trainer, and will ease into it.
Work out on Thursday, while kids enjoy Prime Time program. Target attained!
Allow time and space to indulge my passions. Target attained!
Writing, hometending, time with loved ones….
Read, comment, and share others’ posts and links. On target.
I read and commented on, several of this week’s WIPpet Wednesday posts!
I may get to sharing, or not, this week.
Tend sponsor duties promptly. Target attained!
- A Daring Weaving: NaNoROW Update 11/20/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- Weaving Beyond 75K – NaNoROW80 Update 11/18/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- NaNoWriMo: Day 20 (frozenintyme.wordpress.com)
- I Won NaNoWriMo! (musingsbyalia.com)
- Why NaNoWriMo Is Like Christmas (messagesfrommylife.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Writing Prompt – 11/24/13 (saphirdrachen.wordpress.com)