Post-NaNo Update: Straying Bunnies and Consequences

Over 88K on Leatherbound at the moment; still working my way to the final battle.

One of the big problems with this rough is that my main idea started as mostly Romantic Comedy, then got… badly knocked askew by stuff I’d run into recently. (See the mess of reactions to, To Siri, With Love.)  So actions and attitudes of main characters that fit neatly in with anime-ish comedy are going to have to get seriously revamped to fit the more realistic world that showed up when I actually got into writing the draft. Ouch.

I’m also going to have to go through and revamp some of the events and critters that show up in the world, to clarify exactly what level of violence sorcerers in this setting are used to. And show more of how magic works, so the reader can more accurately identify when it’s being bent, and… well. A lot of things.

Thing is, I am not fixing those things right now. I know how I write, and how I edit, and if I stop to fix the rough draft I’ll lose forward momentum and that would be bad.

(Unfinished fanfics are bad enough; sometimes the momentum can be revved up again with thorough rewatching/rereading source material. Unfinished novels? Meep.)

So what I’m doing is making notes. Lots of notes. A whole file of notes, so that when I finally hit “The End” I have a compilation of ,”Okay, now go back and fix X, Y, and Z.”

I’m hoping that will work. But I know from past experience that stopping mid-writing to fix things definitely does not work. So I’m taking some advice from “No Plot, No Problem” – basically, “write as if the edits have already been made, and keep going.”

*Knocks on wood.*

5 thoughts on “Post-NaNo Update: Straying Bunnies and Consequences

  1. I admire your courage, truly I do. See, when I open a word document containing a WIP and scroll down to continue it, sometimes something just catches my eye, usually something like a typo that I have to fix. It spirals from there, and I keep thinking ‘this could be better’, ‘this character wouldn’t say that’, etc and before I know it, I’m in editing mode. -_-V Alas, ’tis a slippery slope. I wish you the very best of luck on your writing!

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  2. One of the big writers mentioned on her blog that while writing her books, to avoid breaking up the flow when she realizes that something happened and the beginning of the book will have to be edited to reflected that, she just makes a note in the notepad document. Does the same thing when she realizes that she has a question that requires research to answer – like underwear in the 14th century or something. Because interrupting the writing to go researching means you don’t finish the book. You get trapped in that research black hole and cannot escape (and in some ways don’t want to – research is EASIER than writing)

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  3. I’m a fan of the “Writing Excuses” podcast, that’s been ‘casting about these very issues for… seven years, now? It’s a bit like being a fly on the wall while a group of authors kibitz each others’ writing processes. With a lot of “wait, there’s a NAME for that? I thought I was just making it up as I went along!”

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