I’ve once again signed up for NaNoWriMo, the annual attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in a single month. To be clear, it’s about getting a fairly coherent narrative onto the page, not a perfectly-edited final draft.
For me, it’s about proving to myself that I can actually follow through and complete a fairly easy daily word count to reach the final goal. So far, it’s pretty clear that I can’t…
I had a great start, hammering out the words on November 1st and making good progress. Same for November 2nd. I then had a change of heart, scrapped my story completely and started over two days later.
Madness, I know.
But I couldn’t see a way to take the first idea all the way to completion and was more enthused by my second idea. So, I plod on. But I’m now way behind here I should be by now.
Tools for the job? I’ve found I get more done with my Macbook Air and Writeroom. That and coffee and some silence. Which is hard to come by. I thought my two nights away on a business trip would be a good opportunity to make some progress this week. But I was too mentally tired after coaching that all I could do was read a little and then sleep.
My goal for this weekend? Double my punt word count and get it up to 10,000 words. No editing, just writing.
All the above complaints aside, I really enjoy writing in general, but haven’t written anything substantial since finishing my doctoral dissertation. While I don’t intend to do anything with this NaNo-novel, it’ll be nice to have something else ticked off my “Before I’m 40 Bucket List”.
And no, I won’t be sharing excerpts here. I’m not sure my fragile ego could cope with the feedback.