NaNoWriMo Aftermath and Moving…

My regular readers will know that I’ve been taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge for the month of November. Well, today is the 30th of November where I am and I have news… nanowrimo_2016_webbanner_winnerNot only have I successfully completed the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing at least 50,000 words in one month, but I have also met my own personal challenge — to write the first draft of my new novel in its entirety. Well, sort of. I have a complete story. I have a beginning, lots of middle and an end. I know all the twists and turns. I know who dies when and who lives until the very end. I have a full story. But there are large chunks — whole scenes — still missing, simply because I was unable to see the full sequence of destruction. But I still view it as a win, simply because I know this manuscript will need to be totally rewritten and now I can do that. (I hope.)

Here’s what my final word-count for November looks like:my-progress-20161130

Not a bad effort it I do say so myself. It’s a little word light for the genre I was working in and I can tell you know that huge chunks need to be rewritten — majorly rewritten — almost deleted and started again from scratch — but that is all part of the editing process.

What are the next steps for me? Well… Believe it or not, it’s called moving websites. I’ve finally decided to be brave and move my websites (all of them) from WordPress.com and onto my own self-hosted server. There were many reasons why I finally decided to make this move, the biggest one came down to money. For the same cost of the four different domains that I own and the one professional email, I was going to get the four domains and unlimited emails, along with the flexibility to do what I want to my sites.

Don’t get me wrong, WordPress.com is awesome, and I would highly recommend using the site to anyone just starting out and wanting to build their own personal website and/or blog. However, I’ve had my own blog for nearly two years.

Wow! Has it really been that long? Looking at the site records… Yep. This site was brought on-line in February 2015, with the first blog post, Why I admire my mother, posted on March 13, 2015. Since then, I’ve become actively involved in the development and design of an additional six sites, including BlackWolfEditorial.com and SyreseSmalt.com. Most of these sites have now been transferred onto self-hosted sites of their own. Come the new year, only one of the seven sites that I have my fingers into will still be with WordPress.com.

construction_smRegardless the reasons for the moving of website, this will give me the valuable distance that I will need from this manuscript that I have just finished, as well as distance from all of my other manuscripts. Those who read my Editor’s Blog on Black Wolf, you will know that I’m always advising that after each significant step within a manuscript’s life that a writer puts it into that metaphorical drawer and works on something else for a while. Well, moving multiple websites will force me to do exactly that.

When I come back to the manuscript, I’ll be able to look at it with fresh eyes and make those hard decisions, rewriting whole sections as required. My CPs are all eager to read this new work, but none of them will get their hands on it until the New Year at the earliest, and not until I’ve had a good go at it myself. The professional editor that I hire for developmental editing (yes, even editors need to hire professional editors)… She won’t see it until it’s had some major work done on it, looking more like a final draft. (Never give a professional editor a first draft: it’s a waste of money.)

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Conversations in Science will still air and you will still be able to download the episodes from Spreaker, iTunes and all the other places. It just might be a while before you see the accompanying post about the episode.

Meanwhile… This post will be the last one you see from me on this blog until after the move. In theory, all my followers should make the move with me, but there is a chance that the site will go down for a few days during the move. That’s to be expected.

So… If I don’t get a chance to say this before the big dates of this month…

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Painted Christmas soldier from my childhood. It’s hung on my tree every year.

Enjoy your holidays, everyone.
See you in the New Year.


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