Yes, I’m sending this one out early because after 2:00PM PST, I will be M.I.A. until next Monday. Of course we have Thanksgiving this week, but I will be attending my first sci-fi convention, Loscon 40, Friday through Sunday. There will be fantastic panels and some of my favorite authors will be speaking. Really, really looking forward to that.
First things second:
I know there’s been a lot of discussion lately about the validity of winning and losing NaNoWriMo. I really do feel there are benefits to be found in “losing” and just the fact that you tried to write a 50,000 word draft in a month, my God man, good job! But it feels good to accomplish something I didn’t think I could do (and didn’t do) last year. Not that I’m done writing the story as I still have about ten scenes left to wrap up from my outline.
All well and good, but edits come next and slaying that beast requires a different set of tactics.
For me, cracking a first draft is like cooking a piece of steak. It needs to be done fast and with lots of heat. Next comes the resting period. I don’t want to even look at the steak or I’m afraid it’ll lose all its juice. Soon it will be time eat, best done slowly, judging flavor, cutting out gristle and excess fat. So it is with editing. If I can get that part right, I’ll be satisfied at the end, not left hungry and not sick from overindulgence.
What does steak have to do with Thanksgiving? Absolutely nothing, but I’ve never made a turkey so I needed something metaphor-friendly.
To those countries who have some sort of holiday this week, enjoy. To those who don’t and are stuck working the rest of the week, yeah, sorry about that. Better luck next time!