Next Steps


  1. I have learned to embrace the bad first draft. It took a while, but I came around.

  2. Carlie says:

    NaNoWriMo is worth the effort! I found it so exhilarating. I’m looking forward to it beginning

  3. Unfocused Me says:

    I think this means you finished the one-pass revision process here, in which case (1) congratulations, and (2) you started NaNo five days later? Color me impressed.

    I’m curious about what happened with the novel — did you send it to beta readers? Shop it to agents or publishers? Trunk it and move on?

  4. Jason Penney says:

    @Unfocused Me – Thanks. I did in fact participate (and win) NaNo that year (and the next).

    During the five days between this post and starting NaNo I sent manuscripts to four first readers (with instructions to hold comments/questions until after November). I received feedback from two of them and realized that the book still needed a lot of work. After some soul searching I trunked it. I don’t think my skills were up to what I was trying to do at the time.

    Miracles, the novel I’m revising now, is my NaNo2006 novel.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Unfocused Me says:

    That has to be hard, to trunk something you’ve spent so much time on. After this pass on Meet the Larssons, I have a couple of readers lined up (including my wife, who doesn’t go easy on me), and I may have to make the same decision when they’re done. Another new experience to look forward to.