So here we are, at the midpoint of NaNoWrimo. By the end of today, I’m supposed to have 26,666 words written.
I have 38,860.
Yup, still on a roll.
Sort of. True to form (and this really does happen to me every year at the middle of the month), I’ve lost my motivation for the first project I was writing, and every time I try to keep going with it, it just feels like I’m trying too hard. I feel like I’m writing just to get words out, not to tell a story, and when that point comes, I take it as a sign to move on.
I tried. I really did try. But my attention just got captured by a different project.
One that I tried to work on during a previous NaNo, actually, and one that I thought would work but ultimately didn’t. The premise is sound, I think, but the execution was bad, and it needed a makeover. So I let it simmer in my brain for a while (a couple of years, but who’s counting?), and slowly it’s reformed itself into something I think will be a lot better this time around.
So I’ve switched projects. It was inevitable. I need to stop feeling guilt and just move on. After all, don’t many professional writers say that the best thing to do for getting over a project slump is to move on to something else for a while, to write something different and give yourself a little mental break so that the creative juices can start flowing naturally again? I’m just taking professional advice!
…That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.