Time for Introspection

Introspection. Image of art work created using Rangoli by Rushikesh Kave and Shekhar Khedkar, Vadodara, India, Nov 2013

I have been missing from this blog for the past month, and I only have one excuse for that: nanowrimo!

There was a period between October and First week of November when I was reviewing the first draft of Now, Returned to India. Somehow, I was not happy with what I had written. The novel was at around 60,000 words, and it had a flow, a good plot, the characters were there, but somehow I felt that the essence was missing. As a professor of mine would ask us “What is the soul of this story?”.

I somehow felt that the novel was lacking a soul.

Fortunately, nanowrimo came to my rescue. On November 8th, I set about re-writing the novel, and by the 25th, the rewritten draft done. (And yes, I even managed to hit the 50,000 word count in two weeks). The editing work has been in process for the past few days – not just to tie the loose ends, but also because I am at 90,000 words, which is much longer than the original draft. I am targeting to get it ready by the 15th of this month. That is five weeks beyond the original date that I had committed to myself and you, the readers. But hopefully the outcome will justify my efforts.

Nanowrimo 2013 winner