When All Else Fails, Go Back to What Works

It underwhelms me to announce that I have rather given up on NaNoWriMo. I love the idea of it and I want to participate next year, but I found out about it way too late. Instead, I intend to go back to what I know works for me.

Part of the problem was that I was right in the middle of a work in progress when I found out about NaNoWriMo. I really needed to find out about it maybe in September or something so I would have plenty of time to figure things out and decide what to work on before it came. As it turned out, I like two days. I wanted to use it as a way to get more writing done on the ‘Elder Origins’ sequel, but I am still uncertain of the exact road I want to take that down anyway. So alas, I am back to the original plan that I know works for me.

I am writing between 1,500-2,000 words a day on my current work in progress and it’s going beautifully. I wish I could be like other writers and go for 5,000 or 10,000 words a day, but when I over reach like that I end up with complete garbage. I need to really think about a plot over the coming on weeks ahead, one day at a time, and take things slowly. If I have one day that is particularly inspiring, then I will go at it and write as much as I can or as much as my available time will allow. But most days, I find that writing 7-10 pages is just about right for me. Any more, and my brain gets overwhelmed.

I also want to stop thinking of writing based on the word count I achieve on a certain day, but more about the scene I want to create. I am doing something really different right now and enjoying it. I am writing the main character from 1st POV, and then the other character across the world from third point of view. This works better for the story I am writing because there are multiple players and multiple things happening at once that my main character is unaware of. Oh, how I hate to keep her in the dark like this. Poor girl. But it does make the end game a little more exciting when the one you are rooting for is as unaware as the audience is. Or worse, the audience knows what she is getting into and she doesn’t! *evil cackle*

I also found a new strategy that I read about, and it seems to be working for me. I have never been a morning person. I am a night owl. But due to recent schedule conflicts, I have been forced to write in the wee hours of the morning before anyone else wakes up. And surprisingly, this has been working wonders for me. If I write when I am hardly awake, still halfway into dream mode and sipping my morning tea, I don’t have time to doubt myself. I just sit there and write without any (or at least not a lot) of negative thoughts. I find that it has been working really well for my creative process.

In other news, I have a new blog layout. The other one was just a bit too dark and the colors distracted my eyes from the text. This one is much cleaner I find. *shrugs* One day I hope to make a fully operational website, but who knows when that day will come. I don’t even know how to go about doing that. I miss the old days when I knew how to create a full website from old school html code. It’s gotten all complicated since I was in high school and did website building. If I kept at it, I might have been able to make a stable living at such things. Maybe I should buy some website books and doing further investigating. Thoughts?

2 responses

  1. I totally agree on not worrying about word count. Sometimes I’m just as happy if I only g3t 300 words, but they’re perfect. Or I worked through a scene I was really struggling with and found a whole new angle or plot twist. To me it’s not all about numbers. Good luck!

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