Should have written: 38,333 words
Have actually written: 46,483 words
Still good to go!
And this is after a bad pain week, too, for 3 days of which I didn’t write anything at all. If that hadn’t happened, I could be over the finish line right now!
Project 2 is coming along much better than project 1, and for that, I’m very happy. As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s inevitable. I come up with an idea, I work on it, I lose steam in the middle of the month, I push words out for a few days more and find that it still isn’t working, and then I want to write something else. It’s practically a formula at this point. Every year I hope it won’t happen, and every year it does.
I’ve ceased being disappointed with myself over it, though. Some of the best writing advice I’ve ever heard (besides “just do it”) was that when it’s hard to find words and a project stalls, switch to another one for a while. You keep writing, but you give yourself a break from a project that was doing nothing but frustrating you, and when you finally return to it, you’ve got a fresh perspective.
That’s what happened here. The second project I’m working on is one that I came up with for a previous NaNo, and it wasn’t working. The premise was solid, and I still like it, but it needed a serious overhaul. Over time the idea sat in my mind, slowly developping, and now I think I’ve got something that actually works, and I feel much better about it. Don’t underestimate the power of that advice.
I know some people have wondered how I manage to write so much over such a short period of time. Isn’t NaNoWriMo supposed to be a writing challenge? Am I spending all day glued to my computer so I can get this many words written?
First of all, I write at work. I have a job where, if I work things right, I can write in between calls and then just email myself what I’ve written at the end of the day. I also type fairly quickly, at about 70 words a minute. So if I take 15 calls in a day (which is about average for the job I do), and take 3 minutes after each call to write, by the end of the day I’ll have written over 3000 words. It’s a productive scheme I’ve stumbled across, and I know it’s not the kind of thing that will work for everyone. I count myself extremely lucky in this regard, because writing takes no time out of my day in which I’m not already doing something.
Once NaNo is over, and once I actually finish this project, I do plan to do some serious editing. Some scenes are disjointed, and I know there are places in which I’ve written something one day only to write the very opposite the next day, because at work I don’t have everything else I’ve already written to look back on. So it needs work. But now that the creative juices are flowing again for the first time in a year (I blame my health problems over this past year; that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it), I actually feel like this could go somewhere. Maybe not publication or anything, but hey, who knows what can happen if one puts the time and effort in.
How is everyone else’s writing coming along? Am I going to see you at the NaNo finish line in a week?