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NaNoWriMo Update

Hi, Hey, Hello!

So, we are in the middle of the month and as I have suggested multiple times I am attempting NaNo this month and well…that’s not really happening all that much to be honest.

I haven’t updated my word count once.

In fact, if anything I have lost part of initial total word count (because I am being a rebel this year…what what!?). I mean I have added stuff to the story but it came at the cost of losing a bunch of other shit that suddenly became totally irrelevant and so had to go. I actually have a clear idea as to what I want from it and am watching this thing shape into something that I am actually liking now. Which just further reinforces the idea that all first drafts are shit.

What’s exciting about this though is that at some point I will have a complete first draft that I can then tweak and alter and turn into something that I am actually, maybe, possibly a little bit proud of. I mean I am a fair distance away from getting to that stage. Like so far away from that stage. I’m hovering over 20,000 words right now. There is no way that I am writing 50,000 new words that aren’t an edit on an existing version in 15 days. There just isn’t. Unless I somehow get hit with a massive wave of inspiration and hours in which I do not get distracted or start procrastinating, which knowing me is just not going to happen.

I will get somewhere with it because I have been hit by a wave of inspiration with this and am rolling with it so there will be some forward movement just not ya know 50,000 words of it.

And to be honest I am totally fine with that. A year ago I so would not have been. I would have been frantically trying to pull any word imaginable out of the air and put it onto a piece of paper just to bulk it all out whether it was anything close to decent or not.

But not this year. Which probably tells you all you need to know about my mental state this year as opposed to last (better, much better).

So I will check back in at the end of the month with another update of the rest of the month. I mean there will be some kind of forward movement between now and then at some point I hope, but otherwise this month is kind of a write off in terms of NaNo.

Anywho, parentheses count: 2. See you tomorrow!

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2 Comments

  • Jenn Moss

    NaNo has never worked for me, for similar reasons. (I finally accepted that this year!) But I have started novels during NaNo that I went on to complete. Sounds like the same for you. Best of luck!

    • Sophie

      It’s worked for a couple of times over the past, but I make the mistake of putting sooooo much pressure on myself to complete it some years that it stops being fun and that defeats the point. It’s almost quite freeing to have this approach to it, I’m enjoying writing again and that’s the most important thing for me in the end. And thank you for the luck, I definitely need it! xx

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