After a mad rush of almost 6200 words on November 1, I’ve been averaging around 1750 words per day. I have 27,657 words so far, and that’s even with not writing a single word on Monday. I’m still overall happy with my novel, though the past few days have been at a slow, boring part. A part that will be severely edited and cut down in December. It’s necessary to the plot line, but not in such detail as I’ve been writing it. But that’s what November is for. Getting everything out. My characters even surprised me today. Turns out they’re falling in love. I didn’t plan for that. I didn’t plan for even the tiniest hint of romance to be in this novel, but people will be people. And it turns out my main character needs that relationship to help her heal some past emotional damage that’s been done to her. So it’s a good thing, just unplanned. (Don’t worry, this isn’t going to end up a romance. I FULLY intend to keep that subplot to a bare minimum.)
I’ve completely lost the “psychological” part of this novel though. Something to add back in come December. And in the part of the plot coming up I think I can easily put that thread back in where it belongs. It’s just that this is a genre I haven’t written before, so it’s a learning experience. I’m having fun with it though. For the most part. There are always parts of NaNoWriMo where we writers bang our heads against the keyboard (sometimes figuratively, sometimes literally. Apple keyboards are too expensive for me to risk doing this literally though.) I actually look forward to editing this novel and making it great. It shocks me to say that. “Looking forward to editing.” Scary!
I also look forward to getting back to having time to work on my marketing plan for Divided. There’s a small chance I might move the publication date up a bit. One of the things I’m waiting on is a workshop I’m going to be taking. It’s the Pitches and Blurbs workshop taught by Dean Wesley Smith. I really value the information he shares for free on his blog, so I can only imagine how immensely helpful a 6 week workshop with one on one mentoring will be. I had originally signed up for the February session, but a spot opened in the December session and I was able to move to that one. I’m so excited to start this! Whittling my story down to a short but interesting blurb is my weakest point as a writer. I’ve just never felt I’ve been able to write a good blurb or synopsis that stands out from the crowd. And I’ll be able to use this knowledge for years to come. Well, forever, really. I think it will be really valuable in helping me to sell especially my first novel, where I’m a total unknown. Did I mention I’m excited to start this workshop?
So the point of all that is taking the workshop sooner, having a great, polished blurb, pitch, etc sooner, publication sooner. Maybe. If I feel ready with my marketing plan. Which needs a ton of work. But I guess that’s also what December is for, huh?