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NaNoWriMo Day 4

New words: 1,796
Total words: 6,483
Goal: 50,000

6483 / 50000

I'm not entirely happy with the way this draft in general is coming out (NaNo or no NaNo), but one thing I've learned writing as long as I have: sometimes you can't write it better until you write it worse first. You write what you can, and then when you're finished, you can regroup and figure out what needs to be changed. It would be better, of course, if you could figure that out up front or in mid-stream, but that isn't always possible.

Which makes second drafts as much work as the first.

So plunge on with the good and the crappy. That's the point of NaNo, right? 'Cause when you get to the final draft, it'll seem like the story's always been that way.


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Nov. 5th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
that's one way of looking at it. it's easier to just get it out and try to fix it later sometimes
Nov. 5th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
That's the philosophy I'm following. Trying to follow. I do have a tendency to want to Stop Everything, Fix It, and Do It Right The First Time.

That's not always the most productive approach in fiction.
Nov. 5th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
no it's not. it's a hard balance between writing utter crap that will take forever to fix if possible and overdoing the editing and never moving forward
Nov. 5th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
And editing during NaNo is a bad plan, as invariably when *I* edit, there are less words when I'm done.
Nov. 5th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
I totally understand. luckily my edits tend to go the other way (I add description in draft 2)
Nov. 5th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
In the past, I left out whole sections with little promissory notes in first drafts (can't do that this time because I have an actual reader.)

But the parts I did write were always overwritten--me trying to figure out what was important in the story and what wasn't and writing all around each scene.
Nov. 6th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
yes i can see why yu'd lose words
Nov. 5th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
This is pretty much my pattern in writing. In poems as well as the longer. And scary that I will have to face down 100K at some point in the nearish future given how long it has taken me to write the first draft.
Nov. 5th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
So you have a lot of work to do in the second draft?
Nov. 5th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
For the first half, not so much. But the second half is mostly dialogue, so I still need to add all the visuals. And you know, the better words ;-)
Nov. 5th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
But no major reworking of the plot or characters.
Nov. 5th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Not too much. There's one character I have to give more agency, she's milling around too much. But I'm happy enough with the plotting.
Nov. 5th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
You're lucky, then, but probably the solid first draft you have is a result of the longer time you took on it.

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