Finished my NaNoWriMo 2008 novel tonight. I had been shooting for 75,000 words, but I reached a natural and satisfying endpoint for the story I was telling at just over 67,000.
I considered going back and inserting a few chapters from another character’s point of view, to beef up the word count, but I’m not sure that’s what I want. There are already two or three other big things I’ll have to fix in the second draft, so I want to mull over all the changes before mounting a single, combined assault.
Meanwhile, I’ve plenty of other things to do. I’m on the hook for rewriting and submitting my “American Gothic” story from Viable Paradise tomorrow. After that, I need to start organizing my notes for the 512 Words flash fiction pipeline.
I’ve got a lot of ideas and fragments scattered throughout Google Docs and my PalmPilot notes. There’s no shortage of ideas in the world, but I’ve already outlined some of these premises, and it’ll be good practice in finishing what I start. Even if it is a decade later for some of them.