Current Word Count: 13,409
First of all: THANK GOD FOR NANOWRIMO!
Folks, I was seriously starting to think my writing mojo had gone down the drain.
So, I’m doing something that I don’t really like to do – not stopping to edit. If I think of something I need to add or change, I’m still doing it, but all that going back over the opening chapters several times that I normally do, I just don’t feel like it. I just want to write right now. I think that’s okay. Lol!
My strategy: one chapter a day (keeps the burnout away!) couldn’t help myself Keep in mind, I average about 2k words a chapter, sometimes less, which is a good thing in this case because my outline has 45 freaking chapters! ^^ Last year I burned myself out. I started off so great, but the pace was just too ridiculous for that early in the story for me, and I ended up dragging myself kicking and moaning through the finish line.
But I didn’t care if the story panned out or not. I just really wanted to try it, because I was in LOVE with the idea, but wasn’t sure if it would pan out or not. If it worked, GREAT! If not, at least I tried! But THIS story. I care much if this pans out or not. I figured I could handle one chapter a day. It’s low pressure – I know it’s only about an hour and a half to two hours of my time every night, and it’s been surprisingly easy to get myself to just sit down and do it. I’ll look at the clock, see it’s 8:30 or so and go, “Time to get my chapter in for the day.” Lol!
My brains seems to like this thought process very much. ^_^
I feel like I’m taking care of the old brain and being responsible for once. I can get so competitive this time, so this first week has been a nice challenge for me, and I’d like to report that the competitive monster has been just as tired as I have been, and therefore, no problem at all.
I made a countdown chart, y’all! On mini poster board and everything! I’m counting down to December 5th (I HAS REASONS! Ha,ha!) but I get a star if I write that day. It’s very exciting.
So, something I’m noticing a lot of this first week: People freaking out over word count. And I understand, despite being a relatively fast writer in general, I totally freaked out my first time doing NaNo. I wrote 20k the entire month, and I’ve written over 60k in three weeks without even the slightest bit of burnout before. So, yeah, this worrying and doubt, it’s all in our heads!
It’s totally possible to write 50k in a month and it not all be crap.
It’s totally possible to win NaNo without burning yourself out.
It’s totally possible to do with without stressing ourselves out.
Do you want to write the story or not? If you do, write it. It’s really that simple. Butt in chair. Write novel. Win awesome t-shirt with a dragon on it. The end.
In other news, there are no words for the relief I feel in how easy this story has been to write so far compared to the last three stories I tried to work on. I was starting to get really worried, all the pulling teeth and pulling hair and pulling and pushing and stressing myself out. I feel like I’m on vacation right now in comparison.
I know it’s a little early to say this, but I can’t wait to start editing this thing! I know I’m leaving so much out, and I just know editing this is going to be a lot of fun.
In other Good news, I’ve only had to make minor adjustments to my outline thus far. breathes loud sound of relief It’s been a few years since I’ve started drafting with a full outline, so I was a tad bit worried it would be uprooted (cause that happens), but so far at least, it seems my characters had my back when I was getting it down. I’m so thankful for the little beasts. hugs beasties ^_^
Whether you’re doing NaNo or not, if you’re struggling with your writing right now, know my heart goes out to you. I’ve been there so many times, it still literally makes me cry if I think about it for too long. But hey! This storm will pass. —>Proof<—-
Now I only need to remember this the next time I’m in a funk, but we all know I won’t. 😉 I was going to post a favorite line thus far or something, but my body is trying to give me a cold, and I can’t think of anything.
Happy Writing (Editing/Brainstorming/Outlining) to Everyone! blows muse dust your way