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After several years of trying, after a trip out of town that got me off to a slow start, after a 4-day migraine and the distraction of Thanksgiving, even after the peculiarly specific self-loathing that always sets in around 30,000 words… …I finished NaNoWriMo! I’m not done with the manuscript, so I’ll be working on […]

Finished (and just getting started)

Today, I finished the first draft of a novel. It is a gigantic mess. There are plot points left unresolved, characters who show up and then are never mentioned again, characters that the book would be better off without, flat character and setting descriptions, too few subplots, and a giant mess of a central storyline […]