Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I'm Gonna Be Honest - A NaNoWriMo Blog

Okay, I'm gonna be honest.

I only wrote about 1,000 words last night for my NaNoNovel.

Which, now that I think about it, doesn't actually mean what I meant it to mean. National Novel Novel. Wuud?

ANYWAY, this is not a post to tell you that I'm sorry that I didn't write a lot yesterday. It's not even that I didn't have time. I had plenty of time. I just didn't feel like it. But hey, that's what this weekend is for. I'm off on Saturday and Sunday so I'll try to get it up to 20k words by Monday.

My friends are of the best witnesses to the fact that I work and type well under pressure. I don't think this would be nearly as exciting if I WASN'T behind in the word count. By the last week of NaNo last year, I was still 20k behind. I ended up hashin out 15k of them out on the night before Black Friday (Thanksgiving night). Granted, it took me until about an hour before midnight to hit 50,231 words, but that's another story.

My point is that I'm not going to let my NaNoWriMo novel stress me out in any sort of negative ways this year, only positive. And if you're doing NNWM as well, don't let it stress you out either. Use the pressure as motivation but don't look at 50k as the goal. Do what you can.

That being said, I like how my ideas keep changing for where this story is going. Last year, I had a pretty firm outline of where I wanted my story to go because I had been mentally planning it through the second half of October and I knew the beginning and ending, just not how the characters quite GOT to the ending.

This time around, I'm introducing the characters and letting their personalities interact with each other like they would IRL and not IRBook. It's like they actually have freewill and motivation and thoughts and it's rather scary not knowing what's going to happen. All I know is that it's good fuel for writing, writing, writing.

I'm sure something will happen in my novel. Eventually. Right?

Be my NaNo buddy!

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1 comment:

  1. No worries, Travis. I'm only at 768 and I'm writing when I can ... kinda.
    - Jason