Like many of you, I participated – and won – National Novel Writing Month. It’s a wonderful mad dash toward the 50,000 word finish line. Now that we’ve reached the end of the month (and I hope you got to 50k, or more, words), what do we do?
Some years, I’ve looked at my WIP and simply put it away. Either it was horrible and I couldn’t look at it any more or I simply put it away, fully intending to edit it later. A few I’ve actually finished but I have yet to really polish any of them and get them ready for submission.
This year, I’m far from finished. I was writing a historical novel based on a true story and in the last week of November, I found new source material that drastically changed the trajectory of my novel. It’s also information that helps answer, in my opinion, some of the questions about the main character’s motivation. So I am now going back and working in those key events to flesh out the story. It’s not going to be fun but I am really compelled by the main character and her callous selfishness. She is unlike so many of the women we read about in historical novels and I want to bring this story to light.
That’s what I’m working on this month, and probably for the next few months. How about you?