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November 17, 2014

NotNaNo Day 17 – Third Violin – Check!

Filed under: news of the day,wordsmithery — Tags: , — lexifab @ 11:20 pm

I finished the first draft of Third Violin tonight. I didn’t want to. I’m tired, so I would have been content to knock out three or hour hundred words to satisfy the streak before calling it a night. But after getting a rejection this morning for an older piece and checking through my records, I realised that I started writing Third Violin for a specific market, one that closes at the end of the month. Having a deadline to work to helped sharpen my focus a little (tea also helped).

The draft is rough. Sandpaper rough. Rubbing-sandy-shark-fins-over-three-day-stubble rough. I think I have the tone of the ending right, but now I have to go back and set up all the personalities and relationships that the ending is supposed to pay off. It won’t be easy, but I think I know what I’m doing with it.

I’ve been wrong before, of course.

Either way, it’s a satisfying feeling to draw a line under a piece and call it finished, if only finished-for-now. I might try to do the same for Incidental tomorrow, and then concentrate on spending a few days editing both.

Tally: 980 words

Total fiction world count for November: 9450 (it’s not looking too bad for my nominal target of 15,000 words for the month)

Everyone’s eyes turned toward me. For the first time in my life, I didn’t feel something break inside me when that happened. On the contrary, I wanted it. Until it was satisfied in that moment, I never realised the strength of my curiosity about why people craved the soloist’s spotlight.

(Even though it’s somewhat tortuous and needs a complete rewrite, I’m extremely happy with this paragraph. I didn’t really understand my protagonist until the moment I wrote it.)

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