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NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner

NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner

Posted on November 26, 2010 (Subscribe to Blog)

Yay, I won something! But don't get too excited – anyone participating in NaNoWriMo who manages to write 50,000 words before the deadline is a winner. Still, it's a good feeling to get there. Bubbleworld is not quite finished, but I plan to keep writing until it is. I expect it will be around 65,000 words in the end, and I'd like to wrap it up by around mid-December.

NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner

It's all turned out pretty well. I didn't encounter any major setbacks, or take any wrong turns. I'm into the final scenes (the showdown, if you like) and have a few details to work out before plunging in, but overall it's come along very nicely. When I get down to editing, there are a lot of details I want to fill in, not to mention generally tidying up my writing. All that stuff will likely take another few months.

After that? I asked my agent if he'd be interested in this one, but he said he already had his hands full with Island of Fog and all the other stuff he's representing. This leaves me clear to seek out another agent before going the self-publishing route.

I'm wondering, now, how quickly I'll be able to finish Island of Fog Book 4. There's something to be said for psyching myself up for a month or two, getting the plot straightened up (in my head and on paper), and then diving in and banging it out. At this rate, I could write Book 4 in two months, and then spend a further two or three months editing.

Some writers swear that you shouldn't write "fast," that each page must be thoroughly checked, edited, and polished before moving on to the next. They look down their noses at writers who speed through the text and then come back later to tidy up. I'm the complete opposite. How can your writing stay fresh and spontaneous if you're fretting over the perfect word to use in every other paragraph? To me, story-writing and editing are two different things and shouldn't be mixed. Write the story first, edit later. Otherwise you'll never get the thing finished.

That's not to say that I rush headlong into a novel without thinking. As I said, I plan it first. And I often come to a complete standstill while I research something. It's just that I try not to get bogged down by details when the rest of the novel is waiting to be written. I edit and polish and check facts later, hence why editing has previously taken almost as long as the first draft writing. This NaNo method of writing might change things, though. In this case, it will probably take twice as long to edit Bubbleworld than it took to write it.

By the way – Bubbleworld is just a working title, as I've said. It's what the small boy calls his world under the ground. But, just out of interest, what does the title make you think of? I'd be interested in knowing what kind of story this title conjures up. Is it a good title, bad title, average title, or what? A possible alternative is Sinkhole, which is extremely apt.

Now, back to writing. Oh, and maybe some work...


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