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November 17th, 2008

My NaNoWriMo novel is finished!

I'm happy dancing because the first draft of my NaNoWriMo novel is officially done! On Friday, I hit the 50,000 word mark, and yesterday I reached the end and flushed out two scenes. The final stats are 54,202 words, and a total of 202 pages. I'm still amazed that I hit the NaNo goal in 14 days, and completed the entire manuscript in 16 days!

I took many notes as I wrote my novel, since I made many discoveries along the way that will alter or add to earlier scenes. Now, I'm typing my notes into several categories, so I don't miss anything on my first round of revisions. Here's what I have so far:
Things to know.
Things to change.
Definitely work in.
Possibly work in.

In the things to know, I have notes about changing the floor from tile to wood, and names of people who only pop up once or twice in the book and aren't on my character sketch file. And in things to change, I noted when characters seem to disappear during a scene, so I can decide if I should involve them more, or eliminate them. I also have to change the name of a minor character, because it's too close to another name and might confuse readers.

How do you get ready to attack your first round of revisions?

I'm sending good writing vibes to all my NaNoWriMo friends. Go, go, go...you can do it!

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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.


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