Confession: Your first draft is always crap. . . There are nuggets of gold/diamond in the pieces, but they really need to be cleaned, and re-polished. . .
My first of novel I wrote a paranormal-drama about a girl who could see and talked to ghosts. I wrote it for NaNoWriMo. . . it was simply to see if I could write 50,000 in one month. I think I ended with 52,000 or 53,000 words when I was done. However that was not the end of the book; I finished writing it the next NaNoWriMo. It ended with 160,000 words. . . I have still yet to completely edit it. I have learned I am an over-writer. My first draft will always have too much.
I look back now and go “D@mn what the *BEEP* did I write?”
- I have noticed that parts of it are therapy, just venting against people I know.
- There are parts where it seem to go on and on and have nothing to do with the main story-line.
- I had a crushes on one of my side characters and put him in way more than he needed to be. Worst part is his is a frickle, artistic jerk, but I loved his look.
- I know I need to vent and wine less and show more suspense.
- When I rewrite and edit, I plan to cut a lot and focus more on the story of the ghost and less on a whiny girl.
It was my first draft and I finished NaNoWriMo two years in a row because of it so it is an accomplishment. It is just not finished yet.
My advice is focus on getting the words out.
There are articles on surviving NaNoWriMo.