I - and others - recommend this as well. Time and distance helps with the editing process. You probably shouldn't touch your NaNo again until January, at least. You'll have a much more critical eye then, and will be more receptive to making changes.As far as revising goes, I'll make a pass or two in December or January, but then I plan to actually sit on it (metaphorically speaking) for a few months while I write something else (I'm thinking of writing a story about a D&D character I played that recounts our party's exploits), then I can come back to it with a fresh mind and make better edits, I hope.
Focus on the quality later. It's like the analogy I use with the block of marble. Don't expect your first draft to be perfect. You can work on refining your work and making it suit your tastes and increasing the quality as part of the editing process.I'm not sure that anyone would enjoy the story, even if I edit it. I'm keeping at it...but it's hard not to feel like I'm sacrificing a certain level of quality by merely dumping words onto the page that don't always seem to fit with what I had in mind when I conceived of this novel.
That's great! I'm in the same boat, actually. Although I'm closing in on 30,000 words right now, I have a feeling that I won't be able to resolve everything in another 20,000 words. As long as you hit 50,000 before the end of the month, though, you can consider yourself a winner.I think I can comfortably "complete" the story (Resolving plot threads in a meaningful fashion with sufficient or extra detail) in 60,000 words, so I think I'm going to keep going past 50,000 to try and reach a state of relative completion.
I divided my novel into three parts as well. The middle section did turn out to be longer than I expected as well (about 50,000 words alone - as a reminder, this is a continuation of last year's novel). I want the third section to be about the same length as well, since this is where a bulk of the action is going to take place.And I'm finding that I really like it. I'm enjoying telling the story, even if I find it a botheration to actually form it. I think, even though this is rough and probably dry and repetitive, there's something likable in it. Like vegetable covered candy; once you scrape off all the vegetables, there's something tasty inside. There's gold in them there hills of words, at least in my mind. I hope that doesn't sound arrogant.[/quote[
Don't forget that vegetables can be tasty, too. You may just need to tweak it until it's the flavor of vegetable you'd like.
As for word count, well...I dunno. I'm definitely scraping and pondering and verbosing it up in order to buff the count, but also to provide enough detail to pull someone into the world. I don't know if I'll be finished at 50K, honestly. It really depends. The first section was short, the second was long, and the third seems to be wrapping up in short fashion, so...I'll see.
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