We’re now a little over two weeks into NaNoWriMo, and I won’t lie – it’s been a lot tougher than I expected. I think there are a few reasons for this:
Getting started was easy because I knew how I wanted to set up the story. I also know how I want it to end, but I hadn’t given much thought to the middle, and how my characters would get from A to B. This has led this week to quite a lot of staring at a blank screen wondering what to write. Generally in this situation I’ve had to just start writing something, even if it feels pretty rubbish, which goes against all my perfectionist instincts, but is the only way to keep the story going.
I took a few days off work this week, thinking it would be good for me to focus on my writing rather than trying to squeeze it in during my lunch break and evenings. It turns out that wasn’t necessarily a good idea (although I can’t deny it was nice to have a few days off), because it’s far too easy to put off getting started when you know you’ve got all day. Also, it turns out my brain doesn’t really work before lunchtime, which is a small problem, and I’ve ended up adopting a strange new routine which involves working late into the evening and then getting up late. Tomorrow morning is going to be a bit of a shock…
This week, I passed the 50k milestone, which was very exciting. Hurrah! Unfortunately, since then it’s been a lot harder to maintain the momentum. It’s easy to set yourself a new target (in my case, 100k), but there’s a lot less pressure to keep going once you get that green bar.
Having said that, I’m back at work tomorrow, and something tells me my colleagues will put that pressure back on 😉
I’ve also had a bit of a reality check this week. At the start of the month, I was very excited, and naively thought that on 30th November I’d have a finished book ready for everyone to read. Since then, I’ve decided that the chances of anyone seeing this version are slim to none, and that I’ll probably rewrite the whole thing before I share it. There have even been times when I’ve wanted to scrap it entirely, but having come this far, I know I won’t. Even if this draft never sees the light of day, at least I’ve got something to work with now, and that’s more than I had a few weeks ago.
And, if nothing else, I got my fireworks* 😉
Current word count: 62,401
*They’re not actually for me. They’re for Christmas. But that’s kind of boring.