Almost There

So the end of NaNo is near. And I’m at about 43,000 words. So not much to go. And I feel like I’m over the hump.

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I’m kinda stuck. Not writers block. More like a fence that’s slowing me down.
I’m at the point where I feel I’m done with my rough draft. Or as far as I can go with this first draft. I’ve got the bare bones down. So now I’m going through and adding things I usually don’t get right away. Such as…
1. emotion
2. setting
3. character development
4. researched items
I need to add stuff after I do research on how going to jail and jail visitation works. And if I have to interview someone, I prefer to do it after I’ve written the story, so I will know what to ask.
I have no doubt that my word count will increase greatly when I do this layering. And I can do emotion/setting/character, but not the jail stuff. So in the end I figure I’ll be about 60,000 words, but not for my first draft.
I have a few things I might try to get that 50k word count for NaNo. Writing backstory scenes. And writing scenes that I don’t plan on including in the book, but would help me develop characters.
But you never know, I might get there without having to do that because as I add a little emotion and setting, others things come up too. So we’ll see what happens.
I call myself an over-underwriter. I overwrite with unnecessary words, and I underwrite because first drafts lack emotion and setting. So since my word count is low this time, I’m wondering if I’m getting better at leaving out those unnecessary words. I’ll find out when it’s time to edit, I guess.
Anybody out there who typically writes the bare bones? And ends up adding thousands of words layering other stuff in?

10 Responses

  1. *raises hand*

    That’s ME, Suzi! My first draft is bare… then I go through and add what’s necessary… I haven’t met too many people who write like this–most people I know overwrite and then have to cut a ton!

    You’ll do it. Sooooo proud of your work. SO HUGE.

  2. This is totally me, too. My first draft is wordy and I have to cut a lot, but then I have to flesh out my scenes with more internal thoughts and descriptions. I don’t get people who write these long books and have to cut cut cut.

  3. That’s exactly how I work, too. I love the layering part! It’s so much more fun than fitting that skeleton together. 🙂 Enjoy! And yes, with all the plumping you do, you might very well reach that 50,000 word goal without adding anything else to the plot. 🙂

  4. I always have to go back and add and delete things. There’s no way around it. And sometimes I’ll do really good on one part in one book, then completely suck at it in another. It can be aggravating. But congrats on the word count! You’re doing great!

  5. I love the idea of using all of that for nano.

    I added 5k to my first 20K, not by adding in any new scenes, but just layering in. All that “extra stuff” is IMPORTANT.

  6. What an amazing thing you’ve done! I am so in awe of people who complete Nano (because I know you’ll do it if you want to get to the 50,000 mark) but also who can write their first draft in a month!

    I have to go back and put things in, too. And usually move them around. And then take out the parts where I tried to say the same thing three different ways. I can relate to your over-under writing. 🙂

  7. Rachel Schieffelbein

    Good job with Nano! I’m impressed. I don’t think I could ever get that much done in a month!
    I am a bare bones sort of writer, and actually I’m still working on adding all the layers.
    If you have jail visit questions, I may be able to help. My mother-in-law is a jailer and my husband is a prison guard. 🙂

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