Yesterday, I reached my goal of writing 25,000 words for Dreigiau this April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m not going to joke, this has been one of the toughest NaNo’s I’ve attempted so far, and sometimes I wondered if I was even going to make it to the word count goal.
It’s a different sort of writing exercise to try to re-write a very old story from scratch without allowing yourself to reference the original story in any way. The result was that I had a really good idea who all of my characters were, but no idea where to take them.
I spent more time mulling over “what’s next?” “what’s logical for the characters to do?” “how would X respond to Y?” than I think I ever have in a NaNo. This is also the first time during a NaNo that I’ve scrapped and re-written several chapters. One chapter I even re-wrote three times!
Usually, my approach to NaNo is whatever I write goes, and I just move on to hit word count goals. But this time, I was writing for a specific feeling and purpose, and if I didn’t think what I wrote fit that vision, I was very quick to scratch it and try again. I usually keep editing separate from my writing process, but I wonder if that might have been what got Dreigiau into the place it was originally.