Anyone else remember when I was insane enough to do blog posts almost every day during NaNoWriMo? Good times. Good times.
Anyways, I’ve put a capper on Book One (or Part One, if you prefer) of the novel. So far this has been the best NaNoWriMo yet, with a coherent, good story, where the exposition comes in I think fun little doses. It won’t be perfect when it’s done, but I’m loving every inch of it.
Here’s the thing, though. This story? Isn’t the one I want to tell with these characters. Not in the slightest. So when I’m finished, I’m scuttling it, taking the best stuff, adding a few new tweaks, and fashioning a new novel to send out to the publishing world. Who knows with it, right? Right.
The important part of that last paragraph is the “when I’m finished.” I don’t mean with the contest. I intend to finish this novel, the wrong story, before moving on to the next one.
I said I was loving this novel, right? I’m loving it too much not to finish it. I want it and its future (fraternal?) twin sister to be. That sounds nuts, even to me, but there we go.
Any luck, I will be adding “finished novelist” to the list of honestly meaningless titles I have either at year’s end or just at the start of next year. The twin shouldn’t take too long finishing, what with a lot of it already written (hopefully). Then I can worry about the only title that matters.
That said, let’s look at some stats.
Book One is 22,636 words long. About half of what I need for the contest. The full novel I want is about 100,000 words long, though as it’s possible I’m not going to send this one out I might let it stop at 75,000. Depends how I’m doing, how eager I am to get to the twin, that sort of thing.
All said, I’m about 22 to 30% done. Which is closer than I’ve ever come before.
Those checking my NaNo stats for today might notice I’m at 38,405 words. Of that total, 3,856 of that (roughly a mere 10%) is stuff that happens later in the novel. How much gets used I won’t know until I get there.
The rest of that (11,913 words, or about 31%) is scrap. Wheel spinning. Me trying to get this bird off the ground. It’s there to keep the count where it should be, sad to say.
Which means that only around 59% of what I have is actual novel for the contest.
It should be added that this is a bigger percentage than any other time. Except maybe Fear Adventure. That might have been 100% novel but only 80% (or so) finished.
While I’m breaking no rule this way, it does feel a little cheap. My goal has always been finished novel. Every year doing this, though, has taught me more and more about the craft.
Hopefully next year will be the year.