I did it! (As my toddler likes to say all the time)
This draft is mostly horrible. It’s WAY too short, the stakes are pathetic, and I don’t really love most of the story. But. It’s Done.
As with any draft, I’ve learned a lot while writing. I found while drafting this one, I was more aware of my wording choices, more aware of using a word multiple times within a few paragraphs, and more aware of plot and story arcs. Which probably has something to do with how little I wanted to finish the damn thing because the plot arc is lackluster. I guess it’s not the arc, really, it’s the stakes. They need to be bigger, but I’m not sure how to do that.
So for now I think I’m going to back this one up and hide it from my view for awhile. Maybe a long while. I have a few ideas I’ve been tossing around that aren’t contemp YA, but also a really old NaNo draft that needs some major work that I might try to revise while the other ideas percolate. And who knows, maybe I’ll get a genies idea of how to make A Silence So Loud work better.