That’s right, I’ve done it! I’ve finished my NaNoWriMo novel! Or at least kind of finished it.
The 11k word first draft I’m holding in my hands is really nothing more than a beefed up story board. The paragraphs are short, dialogue is virtually missing, and the written words contain much more action than character development.
The story also starts in first person, ends in third, and contains a few dead ends along the way (that is, parts that I initially wrote but later ignored due to changes in the plot).
But that’s ok: no one said it had to be perfect… right?
So what now?
Well my work is not over. I’m still aiming for 50k words, and now I have something to work with. I’ll be taking the next few days as break (catching up on some much needed Arkham City gaming) and will start adding substance over the weekend.
It will be interesting to see how fast I can increase my wordcount between then and the last day of NaNoWriMo. I still have 39k words to go, but with a clear path between here and there, I think I can make it…