I have more or less completed Summer in November as of today, November 21. I got to around 87,000 words and suddenly, it seemed done. The story is finished. I got to a chapter that seemed like the end and I told myself I was done. I have put in most of the flashbacks that I want in there. So basically, I’ve just about got a first draft.
I called my brother to tell him the good news. I reached my sister-in-law and told her. It felt good.
If, after adding the additional text I want to add, it comes to 100,000 words, so be it. If not (it probably won’t) so be it. Art doesn’t depend on word count. Quantity is not quality.
Still, I have met the NaNoWriMo requirement of 50,000 words. And I’m damn proud of that.
I plan to “upload” my book in a couple of days to get my “reward certificate” stating that I am a Nano winner. It has been quite a ride.
And it’s not over yet. Over the next week I plan to tweak the manuscript and add bits to it. I will stop on November 30th and let it rest.
Chris Baty, in his book No Plot? No Problem! states that after NaNoWriMo is over, one tends to feel a big letdown, kind of a post-nano depression. My therapist says she’s worried that I’ll come down with a serious case of post-nano blues.
I’m bracing myself. I’ve got laundry piled up that I’ve got to do, and various knitting projects to tackle. Then, after a couple of weeks, I’m going to sit down with Summer in November and take a serious look at it.
I hope I like what I see. I hope that this project has been worthwhile. I hope that this project turns out to be as exciting to read as it has been to write. I know that the learning experience of this month has certainly made it all worthwhile. And I’ll do it again. Promise.