Yesterday, I typed ‘the end’ on my Language of the Spirit NaNoWriMo project.
Huzzah, right? Not really. *sound of dying trumpets*
I’m about 7800 words short of the 50K goal.
The story’s done. Beginning, middle, end. Arcs bent over themselves into a lovely rainbow. Tiny subplots that give depth, not distraction. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What more, man?
I am in the process of printing the novella out and going through to see if there are any gaps in sensory detail, world-building to engage, or maybe a character to clothe. Almost 8k is a huge amount to try and stretch like too-small leggings. Let’s be honest, it’s subplot length, but I don’t want to add a subplot if it’s just filler!
I’ve also been continuing my work on the 52Saturdays still-unnamed blog serial. I could use some of that word count toward the NaNo win since it’s still writing, and I did complete a manuscript. Would that be cheating? Is there such a thing as cheating if you’re writing?
Speaking of cheating!
If you find yourself unable to write that last chapter because your brain freezes up, I discovered a hack.
Skip the next-to-last chapter, write the last chapter (which is now not the last chapter), and then write the next-to-last chapter (which also isn’t the last chapter).
Brains are weird.