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I’m fortunate and very grateful to have been selected as one of the winners of the Journal-World’s NaNoWriMo contest. I’m stunned that I get five hardbound copies of my novel, OverTime. I hadn’t planned to do anything with it other than flip through a printed copy before I put it away.

Probably not to revisit it.

Maybe ever.

That’s what I did with last year’s novel, AfterLife, the prequel to OverTime. I’d even begun thinking about next year’s novel tentatively titled UnderMind or ExtraFine or something like that while I was traveling for work last week. I’ve been plotting more short stories, figuring out what 2010 looks like for me and taking a deep breath.

Now I have to think about editing OverTime. If I’m going to have a hardbound copy on the shelf, I figure, it’d better be the best I can make it. This means that I have to go back over the work I did in November and start cringing with some regularity.

Maybe it won’t be as bad as I think. I know that as I was writing I felt inspired and dropped into The Zone a lot more this year than last. I was working faster, inventing things as I went along that totally surprised me when they came out. I hope that as I begin reading the story I feel like it’s worthwhile because I really don’t want to re-write it.

There will be sections, I’m sure, that will need top-to-bottom re-writing, but those have to be discovered. My process now will be to read and break down the book scene by scene, looking at who’s there, where they are and what the purpose of the scene is. Once I have a map of what I’ve written, I can do what needs to be done.

It’s drawing the map that’s going to consume the rest of December and part of January. Like NaNo, I’ll have to work on it every day in addition to the writing I’ll be doing and I have a deadline of January 15th, 2010, to be done with the map and then the process of revision and re-writing begins. My goal is to have the manuscript completed and ready for the printer.

So there’s more to come as I go through this. If you’re interested in what I’m doing, I’ll answer questions in the comments section and post a couple more times as I finish the map and begin the revision and re-writing process. My thanks again to Shaun Hittle and the folks at LJW for this opportunity.

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