Tuesday, December 1, 2009

No NaNo "finished" badge, but...

...I have a great first draft, so I'm very happy! And I feel I accomplished the goal of NaNoWriMo, which is just that. Still have some critiques and revisions to get through, but I'm hoping to sub this puppy early in 2010.

As the wise and wonderful Natalie Goldberg says: "Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out." That's what I like to aim for -- the place beyond, the universal place that reaches for the outermost boundaries, where things are brilliant and dark.

I also feel great that I added two more stories to the TBF (to be finished) queue. It's getting a little crowded in there so I have much more work to do, shaping and reshaping those sticky blobs of nebulous threads into a readable story. A writer's dream.


3 comments:

Renee said...

As long as you are happy with your first draft you are a definite winner. Congratulations on your accomplishments.

Alice Audrey said...

I got the word count it, but I'm no where near done with the story. I'm still dealing with rough draft. Nebulous blobs? That would be an improvement on the vapor I'm trying to coral.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Renee!
Keep at it, Alice. The gem is in the polishing.