NaNo Update – The Advantage of Editing Experience

Here we go. The first of thirty days of NaNoWriMo when we do the best we can with our word count, make 50K for the win, or even draft an entire novel that goes beyond the standard goal. This year will be a little different for me because I’ll have more impediments to reaching my goal than I have in the past, but I’m not worried.

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

That’s what four other NaNos plus a bunch of Camp NaNos does for you.

It isn’t that there’s no stress. Believe me, no one is better at putting undue stress on themselves than me. What I’m talking about is the freedom to not worry about the draft I produce.

Between the NaNos and Camp NaNos I have five other viable, publishable novels in various stages of the editing process:

Trust in the Forgotten (Riparia’s Bk1)

A River in Each Hand (Riparia’s Bk2)

Exhuming Truths (The 1st periphery novel)

Torment Surfacing (The 2nd periphery novel)

Essence Stone (The 3rd periphery novel)

My point, though, isn’t about numbers of books, but about all I’ve learned about editing. Yes, editing. I’ve learned that no matter how bad a novel is it can become something special during the editing process. I’ve also learned that no matter how good the first draft is that it can become far better when edited.

That knowledge provides me the freedom to fly along drafting with little concern as to whether the draft is just right or not. I know I’ll make plenty of changes later.

Editing fixes everything. Not only that, editing works best when you can do it from the perspective of knowing the entire story, the actual story, not the one you think you’re going to write.

Cover: CA Hawthorne ©October 2016

NaNo Cover: CA Hawthorne
©October 2018

Thus, when I attack NaNo today it’ll be with the knowledge I don’t need to slave over details or worry about my phrasing. Instead, all I need to do is have a completed draft, a framework upon which to build. Later comes elaboration, the insertion of new ideas, and, if necessary, substantial rewriting.

That’s okay because you can’t edit what you don’t have. Thus, I’m aiming to draft the entirety of So Others Might Remember, which should be in the 125K range. If I don’t make it then I’ll keep going right into December until it’s done. That way I don’t lose my momentum.

I’m ready and I’m prepared. I upgraded to Scrivener 3 a couple of days ago. I analyzed my calendar to see when I can get the most done and which days might be problems. I’m also stocked up on the massive lasagna I made yesterday, along with chocolate and caffeine.

My best to everyone. May the words flow and you all have the time of your lives. NaNo can be intense, but it’s a fantastic learning experience with the potential to produce that amazing novel you have in you (or even another one).

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