What’s the near future for the 50K (+/-) words you wrote in November?
Julie Russell

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The Near Future for My Four NaNoWriMo Novels

After three weeks of posing my question back to myself:

What’s the near future for the 50K (+/-) words you wrote in November?

I’ll admit it. I was blocked. Because, spoiler alert, the answer is reading and revising. I know that, you know that, and every writer everywhere knows that.

My problem, which is kind of a good problem, but a problem nonetheless, was not that I didn’t know what was next for the 50,068 words I wrote November 2015.

It’s that the novel I wrote in November 2012, have rewritten four times, and I’ve been slowly serially posting on Medium also needs revising;

and the 52,612 words worth of an I-don’t-remember-where-I-left-it draft from November 2013 also needs revising;

and lastly, the 62,256 words of a typo-cleaned-up-but-nothing-else-done first draft from November 2014, yes, also needs revising.

Choosing to work on one, and neglect the other four until who knows when felt like I was abandoning my newborn offspring in the wild with vultures nearby.

So I turned to my real, live offspring for help: my 11 year old daughter. “I have four novels; what do I do?” I asked her, earnestly.

“Promise you won’t ‘nay’ this idea until I’m done.”

I nodded, until I realized she couldn’t see me nod in the dark car. “I promise.”

“Well,” she said, “there are 7 days in a week, what if each one got a day, but not a fixed day or a fixed amount of time.”

This idea was so crazy, so outrageous and counter to traditional editing principles, and so anti-planning that it was delightfully sane.

So that’s my plan for now. A nebulous revise them all at once plan.

By the way … I could use a check-in buddy to keep me honest and moving forward. Want to be my check-in buddy? Leave me a private note or a response if you’re feeling bold!

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