I have found myself working feverishly on my writing project for the 2016 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. I started the project from the beginning (for the third time) and it has evolved beyond the original outline. I am heaping massive piles of sand into the sandbox from which I will form castles and oddly defined shapes in the second draft/editing phase.
I don’t expect the project to be completed by the end of the month. Illness, and a week lost to post election shock, has hindered my word count. Nonetheless I press on with the intent of completing the project.
I am adhering to the wisdom of Stephen King and writing “with the door closed.” At this stage, telling the story to completion is the goal. Getting it all on paper. I will “open the door” when the time comes for editing and revision. For now, the focus is to complete the story.
I have been working on this project for several months; chipping away at it with slow leisurely pen strokes. There is still a sense of urgency with this tale, but I fear the urgency will dim and I will lose momentum if I don’t put my nose to the grindstone now.
The evolution that has taken place with this story has left me floored. I am filled with a renewed excitement, and I look eagerly towards the future of this project.
To everyone who has read along, thank you! Thank you for your time, energy, insights, opinions, and desperately needed critiques. It is my hope to produce a tale you will enjoy immensely!