I did it. I finally worked up the nerve to read my NaNoWriMo rough draft. It’s a young adult novel, and I finished at a little over 60,000 words. It’s rough–of course it is, it’s a rough draft. There are adverbs everywhere. I basically must use adverbs every time I quickly write–ha ha. There’s a few inconsistencies in the story, and a few moments where I was thinking, “Ew! Did I write that?”
But all in all, it’s not too bad! I used the ‘snowflake method’ to outline my novel, and I think I’ve found my outlining method of choice. It works for me. It gives me a destination.
I have chapters to add, things I didn’t know were missing until I read the story start to finish. I see where my pacing is off and the places where my characters are inconsistent. There’s a lot to work on, but I expected my first NaNoWriMo novel to be a complete disaster!
Overall I’m excited. I’ve never reached the revision step. I’ve never finished a rough draft–for a novel, at least. I must tell you, it feels pretty good!