I realized that I’ve done NaNo since discovering the Merit Badger, but forgot to claim that badge, so I’m grabbing it now 🙂
On top of that, however, I’ve finished the first draft of this novel. For camp this year, I was a rebel, as I wasn’t doing a brand new idea. In fact, this idea was also the one I used for my very first NaNoWriMo in 2005.
All that survive from the first attempt were two plot points, and the two characters most closely tied to them. I have changed the location, dropped characters, merged characters, added scenes, and stripped them out. It’s been an interesting experience as far as editing and plotting goes, and in understanding my own approach to the process. In some ways, my stubborn nature is a detriment, especially when it comes to hanging onto pieces that need to go.
But this time I’ve cleared those out and I have a story that works. The pieces are there, and now I can work on moving them around and polishing them up. It’s nice to be able to say I’m done my final first draft for this piece 🙂