I sat down the other day and realized I had 21,000 words left and I still had oodles of plot points yet to be written and very little word count left to fit them all in. Hmm. Now this sounds like a dilemma I'm familiar with.
But then a stroke of brilliance hit me. Actually the brilliance came from someone else, and it basically hit me in the form of her notes on my manuscript (thank you Julianne!), but I'll take credit for at least realizing the truth of it and nodding my head in agreement. I have a tendency to repeat myself, and to take too long to get from Plot Point A to Plot Point B. I need to stop blathering on, pick up the pace, and get on with the story. Granted, Julianne said this in a much more constructive manner, but I'm paraphrasing because I like to kick myself in the butt every chance I get. Keeps me from wallowing in one place for too long. Seems I need to do this with my characters and plot points as well.
And it also made me realize I needed to do the same thing with Salvation Falls. Granted this is a slap-dash breakneck speed first draft, but the way I see it - if you're aware of these things going in, hopefully you'll plan better to avoid the eventuality of making the same mistake over and over again.
Note to self: Plan for this with the next manuscript. Write out the major plot points and then roughly script how to get there, what needs to join them, how to keep the manuscript tense and the reader hanging on to every word. Repeating those words ad nauseam...not the way to do it.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch - some of my NaNo RWAC buddies and I did a write in at Starbucks on Sunday from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. We wrote for 30 minutes (no talking, no pee breaks, no getting drinks), then we took a 10 minute break. We kept to this schedule and by the end of the afternoon and after one chai latte, a ginger tea and a regular coffee, one big cookie and way too large brownie that nearly sent me into sugar shock, I had 3,980 words. I think we're planning another write-in for next weekend. I may lay off the brownie next time.
So, starting this week my schedule changes up a bit. My morning writing time will be dedicated to Brimstone so I can get my revisions done in time to send it off for the GH. Lunches and a little evening time will go to NaNo. If I can manage 1,000 words a day I should be able to stay on track and finish with 50,000 words.