I completed Nano this last year with just a little over 100,000 words. I wasn't sure what to do with this unwieldy mass so I took a class from the Savvy Group.
You've Nano'd Now What?
Now what indeed.
As I worked through the class assignments I got stuck somewhere in week two. Filling out the scene cards made me realize that I had a serious problem.
The story that I was quite pleased with at the end of Nano suddenly didn't seem as wonderful. The basic premise of the entire story is a GIANT plot hole. The sad part, I knew it during Nano. I kept telling myself that the story had issues. But I wouldn't listen to myself instead I said, "No, you figured it out. Remember? When you go back you'll see how this will all work out. Everything will be fine."
For the last three weeks I've fought it. I've looked at the story from every angle and every time I think I've found a way to fix the problem it leads to another ginormous hole that was created by the change. Three weeks is enough. I think it is time to put this baby in the drawer and move on.
Lesson to be learned from this?
Next time I'm telling myself that something is wrong I'm gonna listen.