After NaNoWriMo 2016: Moving Forward

NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016

It’s time for me to consider what happens with what I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2016.  There are two different projects to consider.  First, there is the background information for Northanger Farm.  This was an exercise to help Christi and me develop what we want to write.  To move forward I have to give Christi what I wrote with character profiles for those characters I wrote.   That should be simple once I can clean it up.

Second, there is the detailed outline for the Elementals Series.  It is by no means complete, but it is as complete as I am ready for it to be.  I need to have it in hand so I can read it and flesh it out.  I have a number of questions that need to be answered to avoid major plot holes and to avoid reader anger.  I need to be the reader, especially for book one.  That means I am going to order a draft copy from Create Space.

Why?  For me there are many reasons to publish draft copies of a novel I am working on.  Even though I don’t expect to self-publish these books, I like having books for editing.  First, giving people a bound copy of the book, even a draft copy, is like they are experiencing the book as true readers.  The hope is they will read to edit as they would read to read.  Second, there is the archiving.  A bound copy is easier to store.

These reasons have nothing to do with why I am publishing a draft copy of the detailed outline.  Nobody is likely to read the detailed outline.  That’s not to say I don’t want them to read it, but this is for me and my process.  I like to read through things as a reader.  I like to sit in bed with a copy of the book and a red pen.  Here is what I need to do with this:

  1. I need to make some decisions about universe building in the book.
  2. I need to determine how the cities and geographic locations fit in.  This will determine what types of research I need to do about these places.
  3. I need to map out chapters and plot to make sure things flow between each book.
  4. I need to identify plot holes I missed and address those I saw as I wrote.
  5. I need to flesh out some characters that are glossed over in the outline.

By printing out the book I can write in printed copy.  I can have it all in one volume.  There will probably be only one volume of this ever printed, but it will help me organize things to move forward.  Come next November, when I return to the series to write the first draft of book 1, I will have a lot of these details worked out and can use.

My copy has been ordered and I will be sure to share it with you all when it arrives.  What do you think of the idea of publishing a draft copy of a novel in progress?  Let me know in the comments!


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