Hmmm, I think I was supposed to take a break after National Novel Writing Month but there just doesn’t seem to be time when you only get a little bit of it every day to write. (Okay, and a self driven agenda of what you want to accomplish.)
I won, with about 50, 038 words, but the book doesn’t feel remotely done. I think it could take me quite a few more months of editing and adding to what I wrote in November to make this into something that remotely feels like a finished draft. Right now it feels more like a giant outline. There were some interesting developments as I worked, subplots and even a romance. I was pleasantly surprised to read back over a section and think, Boy, that doesn’t sound half bad. Huh.
I did take a break, about a day and a half. I celebrated the night of November thirtieth by eating Tiramisu, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and crocheting. It was nice. The next day I opened up my documents and looked at where I stand on what I want to accomplish in December.
I have a short story for a contest due in a few days that needs finishing, two essays I want to get in this month and my application for a 2012 Artists’ Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. (They are doing Fiction this year!) I’m hoping to use an excerpt from what I wrote in November as my writing sample, but that will require some intense concentration.
So, no rest for the weary. At least it’s all about doing something I love.