My project for NaNoWriMo this year was to work on the rewrite of Renegade, the novella I finished drafting in March of this year. What had happened was that during my review of the first draft, I discovered that I liked the story better in a completely different POV and that it was a premise that worked far better as a full length novel.
My goal for this rewrite is in the range of 80K-100K words.
While I must confess I started the rewrite prior to November I did not hit the 50K goal for the month of November.
I made a rather important discovery through all of this: rewrites do not work well for NaNoWriMo. The entire goal of NaNo is to write a first draft in a month, which truly is a feat in and of itself, but a first draft lends itself to this time constraint, a rewrite does not for the following reasons:
- Copious note checking – I was constantly going back and forth between notes in several file locations to ensure I was keeping characters in, well… character. I know a weak point in my first drafts is consistency as I’m discovering the characters and the plot. I did not want to deal with the same quantity of this in a rewrite.
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Worldbuilding Questions and Writing the Second Draft
I did run into a couple other world building issues that I needed to think about as well. For instance: Is sitting upright on a flying griffin the best way to fly on a mythological creature? Am I really using feet and inches as measurements in this completely made up world?
I think you can see why this is taking longer than I had hoped. And while I know the second draft does not have to be perfect either, I would rather put in the hard work now so that I can get the story out there sooner than later.
While I did not “win” NaNoWriMo this year, I did have a fairly reasonable average word count of 713 words per day (though probably closer to 500 given the extra words I added prior to November).
My NaNo lifetime count over the past two years has increased to over 90K. And Renegade rewrite has come up to 21,000 words.
All in all, I’m a little disappointed, but I am pleased with what I did complete last month.