It was a hell of a task. 50,000 words in a month is no mean feat by any standard, but if you work full time and have evening commitments too, it doesn’t leave much space for cracking out 1,333 words a day. I wrote every day in November, and that’s a big deal for me. I’ve a knack for not seeing things through, you see. I averaged around 700 words a day, and finished the month with 21,681 words of a novel that might not be terrible. I’m pretty happy with that.
Let me qualify that last sentence a little; with some polish it might not be terrible. In it’s current state, it’s pretty terrible. I mean, I wrote it in a month! I silenced my (usually pretty vociferous) inner editor and focussed on just banging out the story. I ignored crap sentences, plot inconsistencies, lack of realistic scene setting and other such glaring issues. Every time I caught myself thinking about changing something, I had a stern word with myself, “this is a first draft. Just get it out”.
So, aside from actually finishing the thing, there’s a LOT of polishing to do. I suspect one of my months this year will have to be dedicated to this, in order to make myself commit to progressing this.
The question is, which to do first? Do I edit what I have, so I’m clearer on where I’m going and happier with the story so far? Or do I go for another brain dump of questionable quality, and polish everything up together? Hmmm…