Friday, December 05, 2008
I find that a change of nuisances is as good as a vacation.—David Lloyd George
Well, I must have done something right this time around with Nanowrimo. In 2006, I remember feeling brain-dead for at least a month, and I didn’t want to get near my draft. (For good reason, too! That was the very first manifestation of this novel… it needed plenty of help.)
Both were fabulous, and I loved being a reader again. Let someone else make the mind-numbing decisions! I’m just along for the ride.
And then, yesterday, I reread November’s work from start to finish, taking plenty of notes and trying to decide what to do next. And you know what? I love the draft! Love it. So many moments that felt too obvious or too subtle when I wrote them came out almost as I wanted. I’ll take “almost,” at least for this draft. And my protagonist is growing up nicely—I like the way her voice has developed, I like the way she thinks.
So I’m in this writerly glow, feeling very pleased about the Nanowrimo decision and result. Hooray! The confetti was well-deserved. This weekend, then, I’m going to try and decide what next to tweak with Part Three before tucking it away for a few months. And with 2009, I’ll address the last part of the book—the dreaded and cobwebby Part Four… and off we’ll go again!—jl