Katherine Mankiller


NaNoWriMo–Get it all down!
November 4, 2006, 11:32 am
Filed under: nanowrimo

NaNoWriMo proceeds apace. Thus far the story is coming out quick and sketchy, like a gesture drawing. It’s like my muse feels rushed and is telling the story as fast as she can, and I have to hurry to get down a bare skeleton of mostly dialog just to keep up. I allowed myself a brief pad session, but no. It didn’t feel right. Forward motion. Forward.
I’m also afraid of running out of story before 50,000 words at this point, but since what I’m getting down is so sparse I suppose I can go back and add more to the middle if I get to the “end” too soon. I mean, either way I’m going to have to rewrite. It’s also going to be much, much longer than 50,000 words after I rewrite.
I’m looking forward to the rewrite. I generally prefer rewrites to drafting. Not now, though. I have to get it down.

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