So, in my last post, I mentioned that I was rereading my NaNo novel, and taking notes/asking questions, as if I was my own “alpha reader”. I’m finished with that now, and I can say, it worked as well as I had hoped it would. Since I took a break from the novel for a month before I did this, I was fairly well distanced from the novel, and I could look at it from the perspective of a reader, of sorts.
That was encouraging. I was looking for problems to fix, and I certainly found plenty of them. However, I found more problems with the story, rather than problems with the writing, and that is hugely encouraging, at least for me. See, I wrote this novel in a single month. Thirty days. I did some world building and some character development, but no actual planning, and I had no clue what the plot was until, well, I got there.
So, I expected lots of problems. Plot holes, and inconsistencies, and flat characters, and things that just don’t make sense, and all things of that sort. Did I find them? You bet. But what I didn’t find were issues with my writing style itself.
I mean, there are issues. I have more mistyped-words and typos than real words, and there’s plenty of things like info-dumps and blank descriptions and whatnot. However, the thing is, my writing could be improved, and it wasn’t really good, but it didn’t strike me as being oh-my-goodness-that’s-horrible-how-could-I-ever-have-written-that kind of bad.
Does that even make any sense? I guess my point is, while the novel had it’s fair share of issues—and then some—I know that all of those issues are ones I can fix, and I know I can get this novel into a readable state. It’s not like my ’12 NaNo novel, that I don’t think I’ll ever touch again.
So, I’m encouraged.
On a different note, one thing I found through this reading process was that I didn’t have nearly enough world-building. I hardly knew that world at all when I wrote about it. So, before I really start editing, I have to fill in that world-building. (That’s why the little editing bar on the right of the page has been staying consistently low, even while the other two bars go up.)
World-building is, in a word…odd. I’ve never done much of it in-depth before, not to this extent, and it’s kind of overwhelming. I realized, though, that the more I got to know about the world, the more I began to really, really love the world, and then the more fun the world-building became. I now understand why people get world builder’s disease. Hopefully I won’t end up that far down, though.
Anyway! On unrelated things… The writing’s been good, as you can probably tell by the lower two word-count bars on the right. I’ve been able to consistently write every single day, though there was one day where I’m not completely sure I met my 200 word goal. It might have only been 100 or so, but I think there were other things going on that day and I couldn’t do more than that. So, I counted it anyway.
Also, for that one novel, the progress is coming along nicely. I hope I’m about half way through the novel, though since I’m mostly pantsing this one, it’s hard to tell.
Unsurprisingly, with my multi-projects-at-once self, those two novels aren’t my only projects. I recently started another novel, and I’m only about 3k into that one. I know I probably shouldn’t let myself multitask so much, but I’ve kind of learned that it’s really hard to not do it, so I’m letting myself for now. I don’t think this new novel will take me very far before I get stuck and will need to sit back and figure out where I’m going, in which case I can step back and go back to solely working on my other projects. That’s why I’m not bothering to put a bar up for it in the side, even if I am working on it as well.
So…I think that’s it. This is kind of a mishmash post, isn’t it? Heh heh, oh well.