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…
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?