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But yes, alas, that means I am not doing NaNo this year, 'cause October has been my NaNoWriMo--a non-stop writing-and-editing spree that began each morning as soon as I woke up , stopped only so I could go to the stress-hell that has been work this month, and resumed the minute I got home until I collapsed in bed.

I think part of the reason I managed to whack out the rest of this story in one month is that work has been so sucky, writing distracted me from dwelling on it. Which, bonus. But I overdid it. I have been sick with the flu for over a week now. Still working at my job from home--blast modern remote login computers.

I crawled into my actual place of employment for meetings twice last week and couldn't even sit up for the length of them.

Now I am all jealous of my friends prepping for NaNo. Not because I'm dying to spew out 1,667 words a day, but because it's fun to be part of all that energy. My Nov and Dec will be spent planning the second draft of my novel (and posting on that process, hopefully). And it will need planning--lots and lots of planning, 'cause for Pantsers, the first draft is really the "outline." It is the raw material out of which the "actual" novel is formed.

And there was so much I wanted to include in this draft I didn't have room for, I slowly concluded it was three books instead of one. So now I need to plan out three books. And then, hopefully before the new year (but I'm not pushing it), start the "second" draft of the first book.


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Oct. 28th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
I just finished the first draft of my novel

Congratulations! Not quite the same feeling as having it done and ready for publication, but a moment of real relief in my opinion.

Hope you're feeling better flu-wise, too!
Oct. 28th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Right now I'm so exhausted it's not really sinking in. I suppose it will when I trudge home from a hard day at the office and don't have to bang on my keyboard forcing the words out in a frenzy of determination and to get the circulating work-thought-loops out of my brain.

But I probably will still come home and plan the hell out of the next draft to nip those work-thought-loops in the bud.

Or some mixed metaphor like that.
Oct. 28th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Open the Champagne! Yay! Though I know it just means the start of even more work for you.

(I always liked the beginning of Romancing the Stone where Kathleen Turner, upon finishing her latest novel, opens up miniature liquor bottles and gets drunk in her fabulous New York apartment with her cat. I know it was meant to show that she was alone and removed from real life romance/adventure but to me it seemed like the most awesome writerly life. And then the next day she takes the book to her editor and is done - amazing!)
Oct. 28th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think wine would be better than whine in this situation. Take a brief break, then back to the word mines....
Oct. 28th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
yay for finishing

boo for work and the flu

good luck with plotting out a trilogy

Nano IS good for the positive writing energy
Oct. 28th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Nano IS good for the positive writing energy

That's why I'm hoping to harness it to work on my trilogy plans.
Oct. 29th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
good luck
Oct. 29th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
Mazel tov! And whooooo, trilogy! Sounds like you've got a good attitude, & a good picture of what you need to do. But I'm sorry to hear you've been sick, & about the work stress. I hope they both let up soon.
Oct. 29th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
Thanks, and I'm excited to having a writing project to dig into.

The sickness and the work stress are intimately interrelated, so as I dig through one, the other should get attended to.
Oct. 29th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
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