Author: Vet1nar1

Day 1: Easy, Day 2: Resistance

Actually, the title is misleading. I fell short of my personal Day 1 goal of 2,700 words. That’s what I need to average per day to complete over 80,000 words. I know NaNoWriMo is only 50K words, but I’m wanting to complete a full first draft, so I would need to shoot for the 80K. But I’ve come to realize that I’m not going to be getting a full, first draft. I’m going to be getting a rough draft. The difference to me is the completeness of the text. The rough draft gets the general concept and shape down with all of the plot points and raw characters. It’s like the initial shape of a piece of carved sculpting. There’s a big block with the essential outline. You can basically tell it’s suppose to be a mammal as opposed to a tree or a house, maybe you can distinguish it’s a bird and not a cat. But the details aren’t there and there’s no distinct style. A first draft, to me, is more like those wonderful unfinished sculptures of the captive slaves by Michelangelo. There is still an enormous amount of work to do even before the polishing, but the beauty is already evident. You can see the character, the theme is clear and some of the work is already something you’re proud to show others. I can tell...

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The Clock Is Ticking

Tonight at 12:01 a.m. NaNoWriMo starts and the clock starts running. I’m doing the NaNoWriMo to force me to complete a novel. I’ve started many and bogged down in the middle which led to eventual abandonment. This time I’m determined to make it through the first draft. Okay, I’m keeping this short because I’ve got a lot of things to do before...

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