I’m starting chapter eight of my final revision now (of the total 53 chapters that is Decision Maker (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 2). And I’ve successfully added almost 4000 words to the wordcount so far. Looks good that I’ll be making that 80 000 word goal no problem.
As I sit here revising this, I’m also getting a strong case of NaNo Nostalgia. As some of you may know, Protector and about 1/3 of Decision Maker was my NaNo Project of 2009. I can’t believe how far the story has come since those original 53 000 words or so. I also can’t believe how far I’ve come as a writer. And I can’t believe that after revising Protector for more than two years I am now looking at releasing 3 books in one year (yes, three, I’m planning to release a Prequel to the Anniversary of the Veil Series in March, 2013. Stay tuned for more info;)).
But, as I try to get Decision Maker into publish-ready shape, I also can’t help missing those first steps I took with this book during NaNo 2009. The excitement of completing the first draft of my first fantasy novel, how the characters materialized on the page seemingly by their own free will, how the world came to life around them, … There’s just something about writing that first novel that you will never feel again, like that first kiss, that first love…
I do a lot more planning with my books than I did back then (though I’m still more of a pantster than a plotster). I also do a lot more planning with my characters, though they still sometimes do what they will.
What about you, what do you miss about those first steps you took as a writer?