Congratulations to all y’alll who participated in NaNoWriMo and its spinoffs in November! Nano and I don’t get along at all, but if you got anywhere near your goals, awesome!
What Dreams is at 25,522 words. The outline board looks the same, but should warrant a new picture next month.
So, if you’ve been reading this blog since August, you know I wasn’t able to write most of August, then spent September, October, and half of November working on my senior thesis. I didn’t abandon the novel completely, but that’s three and a half months, give or take. Ugh!
I did a full read-through of everything I’d written so far. And, well… It was weird. The tone was markedly different than what I remember, almost flip, and in reader-mode I found myself wondering if the hero was a villain. The tone part, I don’t know about. I may want to do some heavy editing to that. I don’t like the flippancy. The distance-from-hero aspect, though… I kinda like it! Skuyler’s supposed to come across a bit shady, and I’m honestly surprised that it actually happened. I totally didn’t do it this way on purpose, but it is having roughly the effect I wanted. It made for very surreal reading.
I did make a few cosmetic edits as I went along — I have some super annoying stylistic habits and affectations I’d never noticed before — but mostly I’m just noting down these impressions to edit later. There are a lot of obvious problems, but nothing insurmountable, and I have no idea what I’ll need from this first section until I have all the rest of the sections finished. I’ve noticed that I write in a spiral that way — I have to write everything before I can write anything, and the best way for me to actually do that is to spiral. I do the same thing for papers, blog posts, and learning stuff. (Does that make sense? Should I do a post about spiraling? I think I’m getting to where every thought that passes through my head finishes with “Should I do a post about that?”)
Anyway, from the day I did the read-through to the end of the year, there are forty days. I’ve got grad school stuff to do, but nothing that should take days and days away from novel-writing time, so I just wanna see how much I can get done in those forty days. I’ve got a personal milestone I wanna hit!
Supplemental reading: Rocket Girl Vol. 1 by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder
This doesn’t have a whole lot to do with WD, but the blogosphere recommended it to me and I wanted to give a little update that I did read it! Rocket Girl is a graphic novel from Image Comics about a teen cop from the future who goes back in time to the 80s to fix the timeline. I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to, I thought Rocket Girl was annoying in the beginning and it had script problems, BUT I did really enjoy the book. She’s a really well-drawn character and I loved her by the end. It’s a great choice for girls who like comics, and I thought the time travel elements were well-thought-out… I do have some time-travel stuff in WD, so that’s something I want to keep in mind, but it’s more “discussion/theme” than actual time travel for me.