Winning National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) means I wrote 50,000 words of a novel in one month, the month of November. What it doesn’t mean is I’m finished. I wish! Nope, not finished. Sigh.
I took a break Monday from writing once I had completed my novel (which is officially 65,637 words), but today I bit the bullet and did what I ought to have done while I was writing: revise my outline to reflect the changes I’d made as I wrote. Next I need to write the logline — a 25-word summary — so as to focus my mind on the central theme or story of my novel Time and Space. I will also spend the next few days mulling over in my conscious mind — and giving my subconscious space to do its thing — how I have my time machine work and if I want to change it. Once I begin revising my novel, I’ll have had to decide one way or the other whether to stick with my current physics’ explanations or to change to something more out there. I’m getting better at keeping all these theoretical physics concepts in my head, but it seems like every time I turn around, I’m reading or seeing some new theory that pertains to my time machine — and to the future societies in which my novel is set. (My novel only begins and ends in 2011.)
Despite the challenges and me feeling like I don’t know enough (but then I’ve always felt that way my entire life), I’m still enjoying this novel. That’s a radical thing for me to say. My brain injury took away my ability to feel and the resultant circumstances turned writing Lifeliner from an accomplishment to a “thank god that’s over” moment. Plus my first two novels came from a different place than this one. It’s different, and I like it.