Today I finished the first draft of my NaNoWriMo story. Party!
You might recall that my original goal was to write a new short story with a word count goal of 13,000 words. I’m currently sitting at 10,076 with this first draft. Now I’ll go back and revise.
I always end up adding more words whenever I edit my writing – it just always happens. I can practically guarantee that will happen with this story seeing as how I took a new approach to my writing this time, getting the ideas out onto paper and not fussing over finding the exact right word all the time. So now I get to go back and do that – as well as add in the details that I realized I was missing at the beginning of the story while I was pressing bravely onward without looking back. I don’t know if that will garner me 3,000 more words, but that doesn’t really matter. A story is done when you’ve told the story you set out to tell, not when you reach an arbitrary word count.
It feels kind of strange to say, but since I blazed through the story without going back and reading it over and over along the way, I’m not exactly sure if it’s any good. I’m a little worried that it’s not. But I guess I’m about to find out 🙂
Onward to editing!