NaNoWriMo Day # 29: The Final Push

So by now if you are not already finished your 50,000 word goal then you are very close.  So why not take a few minutes to start imagining what the cover of your book is going to look like.  Even those of you who are not as close as you thought you would be to the end goal.  Think about your story and what the best way to depict that story within a picture would be.  How do you want your readers to view your story for the very first time?

Visualizing the end product sometimes helps give us that final push that we need to make it across the finish line and accomplish our goals.  So if it takes seeing your book cover and visualizing your book in the hands of your readers to get you through to tomorrow night and get you over that goal line, then daydream just a little while (really only a small amount of daydreaming—don’t get carried away here) about that vision.

You’re really almost there, just one more day.  You can do this.  And for those of you who are already there, you’re all finished up and ready to jump straight into the editing phase, just shut that inner editor living in your head off for just a few more days.  You want to take a few days away from your novel before getting into editing it.  Going into the editing phase with fresh eyes and a fresher perspective is not only better for you and your inner editor, but in the end better for your overall story.

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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NaNoWriMo Day # 5: Resist the Urge You Have to Edit What You Have Done So Far

You’ve spotted a scene at the beginning of the story that you are dying to change.  You notice some things that you didn’t include that need to be in there that will enhance the view the readers get of your character and you may have even seen a couple of unnecessary things that you need to take out.  As tempting as it is for you to go back and edit that scene (or those couple of scenes), DON’T DO IT!

NaNoWriMo is a month for the first draft, the first imperfect draft.  There is no editing in this month.  If you start editing things now, you won’t be able to stop and you will end up losing momentum and falling behind in your word count.  I know what you’re thinking.  “Wouldn’t that add more words to my word count overall?”

Yes, true enough it would do that, but it would also throw your word count off.  Suddenly you would have to figure out what words you counted are now deleted and what words you added should now be counted towards your overall word count tally.  I know that in your mind you see all kinds of improvements that need to be made already but resist the urge.  Trust me, you will have plenty of time to edit later.  That’s what December is for!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

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NaNoWriMo Day 20: When Business Trumps Art

As a person who not only writes fiction for a living but who also edits fiction as well I find it sometimes hard to separate myself from the work that I am editing.  This is most evident on the days that I am unable to write on my own novel.  I am at the tail end of editing project on another work of fiction by one of my more steady clients and it is one of those stories that just captivates you and pulls you into wanting to learn more and more about its characters.  I wish I could tell you more details about what is so amazing about this story but its confidential.  I am still trying to get my word count done for today but I am just so moved by the work that I’m editing and after all business is still business and I must make money.  Hopefully I will have more to tell you about what’s going on in my own novel tomorrow.  Until next time…Do you think your novel will pull your editor in? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

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NaNoWriMo Day 8: The Depth of a Character

You ever get to a point where you realize that you could’ve added something way back in chapter three but you’re already heading towards chapter seven and you want to go back and start adding to that section.  However, when doing National Novel Writing Month they tell you not to edit, or go back, just keeping writing and worry about editing in December.  So I am trying to stick to that and I have but it’s hard to resist the urge.  I was reading a blog post by my best friend and fellow NaNo-er about getting so wrapped up in her characters that she has a new favorite one from day to day and while I am perfectly happy with my main character Mackenzie, I wonder if I am bringing enough depth to the other characters to give the readers an option of liking someone other than Mackenzie.  I am thinking about the other major players in the story and thinking should I go back and now reveal more of their back story, because while I know their history and all their secrets and pet peeves, the readers need to engage with them also.  I tend to pour all of the depth into the main character which can be good (I’ve read plenty of books where that works) but then maybe I should leave well enough alone.  I guess I’ll just have to wait and decide in December when the editing phase begins.  Mackenzie is really relatable though, although I might be a tad bit biased.  Until next time…Are your characters everything that you want them to be? 

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

Writer/Editor

The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”

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