prpl pen (prpl_pen) wrote,
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions to my last entry! I've got lots of stuff to look into now. :)

...I also broke down and started a account to leave reviews with and, I suppose, upload my own stories.

anaphalis rocks because she wrote an Inuyasha and Abhorsen Trilogy crossover (this despite the fact she hasn't read the books yet) and it's ten shades of cool.

I reread the first part of my NaNoWriMo novel earlier today. I had decided to try NaNoWriMo because I felt like I needed some serious motivation to start writing again. Prior to that, I hadn't really written anything in over a year. It was crazy, but also very good for me, because in order to make the word count for the month, I had to throw away caring about getting things right the first time through. I have (or had? because I am getting better with it) a bad habit of editing while I go. It makes me just grind to a halt, futzing over little details when I haven't even got the whole picture roughed in yet. For NaNoWriMo, I couldn't do that. I had to just write and not look back. Tell myself it's just a first draft; it doesn't have to be perfect. After all, that is what editing is for.

The point is, I looked back at what I'd written today, after having not touched it since November 31st, and it's surprisingly...not that bad. Oh, weird typos and grammar errors abound, and the characterizations are a little wavery as I started to get a better sense of who everyone was when I got further in, but--call me crazy--it doesn't suck. In some parts it's even pretty good, if I do say so myself. The thing is, while I managed to finish the word count goal for NaNoWriMo, I didn't manage to finish the actual novel. I have no clue how it'll end anyway, because I did absolutely no planning, either. So, by all rights it should probably be a mess. And yet, I feel like there might be something there. I'm thinking about trying to go back to it and actually finish the book. Then go back and heavily edit, of course. I don't really know that it'd be publishable, though. It's fantasy, as most of what I write (original fiction. though...fanfic too, really) is fantasy. Part of me thinks it's too cliche, but I am notoriously hard on myself/insecure in my abilities.

I dunno. Is it worth the effort to go back to it, or would I be better off funneling my abilities into something new? Hmm.
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