Summer in November is more or less completed

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.

Feedback and comments welcome!