Whew! Good thing I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving this year (from choice, so don’t feel sorry for me). I needed that day of un-busy-ness to hit my 50K-word target. But, as Dr. Johnson put it, “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”
BTW, did I mention that Boswell and Johnson have roles in my new project? For now, at any rate. This is a book for middle-grade readers, but those two can amuse readers of all ages: the crotchety old man and his ever-attentive shadow. They travel to the Hebrides in the 1770s, exactly when I need to get some items from London to Lewis.
Boswell is going to be a smuggler for me, despite all historical evidence to the contrary, but why not? This is why it’s called historical FICTION.
I hope I can figure out a way to retain these two inestimable characters. With the exception of Beryl Bainbridge’s According to Queeney, they don’t feature in any novel. If you know otherwise, please say so!
My first draft is a mess, with perhaps 40 pages (out of 200) that are reader-ready. Yet even for those reader-ready pages I have major plans for revision, shifting the focus from one character to another. This is hard work, but actually more fun than NaNo, because I can take my time about it.
NaNo is all about emptying the mind onto the page. Post-NaNo is about crafting a story.
Goal for finishing Draft 2 = January 27 (when spring term begins). Goal for summer 2014 = 2 months’ research in UK and Norway as I work on Draft 3.