This month I’m doing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The point of NaNo is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. ideally, the writer begins with a fresh story, but I have a book I’ve already started to write that I really need to finish. So, I started where I was, opened a new document, and went for it. What I didn’t take into consideration was that jumping from the dark paranormal manuscript I just polished to a light story would be quite a jarring experience. My muse balked, and I had to spend time convincing her to help me.
To finish on time, I “should” be around 35,000 words. Actually, I’m closer to 8,000. To catch up, I’d have to write 4,000 words every day between now and the 30th. I don’t see that happening, but I’ll try my best. So what if I don’t win? I’ll still have a bunch more words than I did. I’ll just keep going into December.
There was a time, not that long ago, that I would have been beating myself up, feeling like a looser, working way too hard to try to catch up—and still not getting there. More guilt. More feeling bad about myself. What good would that do. By relaxing and being proud I’ve gotten this far, I’ll actually get more done.
This doesn’t mean I don’t work hard. I do. I write six, many times seven, days a week. I want a career in fiction, and I’m not afraid of working long, hard hours to get there. Many times my body refuses to let me write, even in the recliner. But I do the best I can.
I recently realized that simply pushing and struggling to reach the next goal is no way to live. Reaching a goal is sweeter when you didn’t kill yourself trying to get there.
Do you beat yourself up over not meeting goals? Do you set your goals too high? Do you enjoy the work you do to reach your goals—at least the feeling of accomplishment?
Have a wonderful weekend!
I’m still having issues with, of all things, the first scene of the partial I hoped to have send in before November 1. Because of this, I’m also behind on my NaNo wordcount. I’m going to need to hide in my writer cave with Quill. She is not happy with me. And remember, she’s a dragon.
Hope my ROW80 and NaNo fellows are doing better than me.
And I plan to kick butt this week.
It’s here! November is National Novel Writing Month affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. During this crazy competition, a whole bunch of people try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s crazy, it’s almost impossible, it’s fun. I’m ready to go!
I’ll be keeping you up to date.
Am I crazy? Do you think I can win? Are you playing too? I dare you!
I attended HallowCon this weekend, and had a blast. Sold one book, and a couple of people walked away with my info saying they wanted would buy one later. But that’s not the point, not really. More than anything, it’s about the fun 🙂
ROW 80. I haven’t finished all the polishing and a few other details to get the partial manuscripts out. I am committed to NaNo. Not only committed, but determined. Sooooooo…back to the writers cave until I’m done. Somebody shove a sandwich under the door once in a while, please. Goals here.