Day 21 — Hmm…

The other day, I had an award winning novelist look at the first 3 pages of my NaNoWriMo novel.

No…that’s not a little intimidating. That’s A LOT intimidating.

She knows, though, that I’ve written my words as part of a massive “get it all on the page…QUICK” effort. She also knows the rule of the poopy first draft. However, I wanted to make sure to remind her. And to tell her that she’s the first (and only) person to see those pages unedited.

The author kindly looked over the 3 pages and made gentle comments. She added her understanding of the goal of getting word on page.

I so appreciate her taking the time. Especially knowing how rough the writing is. It’s helpful to have others look at our work. It shows us the glimmer of something that we knew was there, but couldn’t understand.

This author pointed right at what I knew wasn’t right and helped me see why it wasn’t right.

I’ve written 51,000+ words of this novel. I have no idea WHO the story is about. And WHO is telling it. I know what it’s about. What happens. The characters. The plot. The story arch. But WHO holds the point of view? WHO? WHO?

Thankfully, I have a little bit left to finish the novel. Then I can put it aside for a month before beginning edits and rewrites. Two voices are vying for the spot light. I may not have to choose one of them. We shall see.

But, for now, I have a house guest. I will have plenty of time for the novel soon enough.

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends! I really am thankful for you!

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3 thoughts on “Day 21 — Hmm…

  1. The further I got into it, the more ‘word dump’ it became, and I ended up with huge sections, like a dozen pages of straight prose just telling what happens. I thought the whole NaNoWriMo experience was really good though, because I have a great new story idea fleshed out, and it mostly because it got me back into my daily writing practice, which I was horribly out of.
    I think I would be frozen in fear to give anyone my unedited first drafts. So what exactly possessed you to do this?

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