I’ve left Chapter 1 behind of my NaNo 2009 project. After two rewrites, I need to move on. Unlike my mistake of last year, I’ve kept all the edits in separate files. In 2008, I started the re-write without doing that and when I had my hardcore editing, smack me in the head buddies look at it, they thought it too much detail in the beginning. The stripped down version- the one I got rid of- would have worked so much better. I’ve learned from my idiocy.
On to Chapter 2 and now Chapter 3. I haven’t put it in the Word document yet, just have my tree-killing pages mashed up with fine-tipped gel ink marks. It’s progressing well considering when I started this project, I began to loathe it around 28k words. I don’t know why. I liked the story’s concept and I had the material. I just didn’t want to do it. Other projects pulled at me, begged to be written. That is a huge problem with me- Unfinished business. I have plenty of them. The closest I’ve come have been the last two years of NaNo. The story is finished, sort of, in that it has a beginning, middle, and end. The flushing out is all I have left to do. That, sometimes, is my kicker.
Notice how I don’t care for thick books that have a lot of fluff? NaNo 2009 stands at about 169 pages. Only the first five chapters are broken out and there are incomplete parts. If I had to guess, the finished project should be about 250-300 pages- no more. I wouldn’t want to put anymore into that. I like the story to move and not bore the reader.
I’ve got a long way to go in this babble art. I tossed some luck to the wind and I hope it returns good news about a writing workshop. Extra cash is something I don’t have and I’m hoping I’m good enough and needy enough to get a free pass to this. Only time will tell.