10 November, 2011

NaNoWriMo Update

10th day in, and one third of NaNoWriMo has passed.

Unfortunately, I am way behind.

Well, okay, it's not desperate desperate. I'll finish on December 5th at my current pace according to my Stats, and I can make up the difference by writing several thousand words, provided I churn out that much a few days in a row.

The only problem is, it feels like my novel is going in the wrong direction. This is, most likely, just the stage in the writing process where despair sets in and misery takes over and the plot and characters and setting turn obstinate and laconic in your head, but darn it, nothing seems to be coming out right.

Of course, if it is the despair and misery faze that's putting me into that mindset, the only thing that will get me enthusiastic again is writing . . . and yes, I'm pretty sure I've had this conversation with myself before. I just need to get over it.

Getting over it has, in the past, come in the form of an internal, shouted "Write, you blasted fool!" and an attempt at terminating all procrastination.

So I will begin such procedures this evening, after I blog.

Or tomorrow.

Or, you know, over the weekend. I can write a lot over the weekend.

But, of course, I've got stuff to do this weekend. Stuff I've been meaning to get to.

And surely I can fit in more writing during the week, right? It's what I did before.

And then there's always the weekend after next to consider . . . but I've got a lot of stuff happening that weekend!

Therefore, the only time I will be able to write is--


Yes, yes, the writing. I'll get to it. After I blog. Today.


End melodrama. :P

How's NaNoWriMo going for you, if you're participating? If not, what are you working on--and how's it coming?

Ever had this sort of conversation with yourself?

-----The Golden Eagle


Laura said...

At just over 12k I'm way behind and know for sure that this was the wrong plot choice. Oh yes - it's the third of the way through November slump.

Write through it, write some marathons and beat those characters into shape (maybe... after some surfing and the ironing and some TV and...)

Good luck

Lynda R Young said...

hehe, I can relate to those procrastinistic thoughts. I can't write on weekends so I have to write a minimum of 2500 words Mon-Fri. It's hard work with such a high word count.I'm getting there, but I expect to fall over on Dec 1st ;)

mooderino said...

I think a couple of productive sessions and you could easily be back on track. good luck.

Moody Writing
The Funnily Enough

Old Kitty said...

The words will come when they're good and ready! In the meantime, erm... have a nice cup of tea!


You're doing just fine! Yay! Take care

Peggy Eddleman said...

Hahaha! You sound like me!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh, yes, I've had that conversation...I'm not doing NaNo this year, but when I did I just made myself write before bed if I was behind. Think of the little train that could. I've got a post up today with an author who wrote several published books (or started them anyway) during NaNo.

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Ah, GE, the art of procrastination. I'm joyfully finishing revisions to send to my agent and am joyfully putting off getting back to drafting the WIP. My excuse? I'm approaching 40K but am also approaching the climax. This is a problem. . .

KatieO said...

i'm not playing this year for just these kinds of reasons... procrastination is a full time job at the moment ;-)

You're doing great - keep going ;-)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm not doing Nano but I'm cheering for you all. Now go catch up.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If you want to hit the mark, you will find a way. And I have a feeling you will find a way!

Trisha said...

Yeah, my weekend is kind of full right now too. Not conducive to kicking NaNo's butt! Oh well.

Hang in there!! You'll get past the "murky middle" and end up where you want to be! Maybe you can just start writing as if you ARE on track, and sort out that middle bit later? :)

Kittie Howard said...

I've never entered NaNo because there's always too much on my plate this time of the year. I personally think it should be in January - and last a week longer. I mean, life must go on - stuff to do in the house/on the job.

In the meantime, do something fun and then return to NaNo. The words will come.

J. A. Bennett said...

Totally had this conversation! Don't stress about it, let the words come when they will. If you force it you will hate it! Don't kill yourself :)

Donna Hole said...

I am not participating in NaNo because I already know I can't keep up the word count. I have tooooo many other things in my life - always.

However; I do believe the whole point of NaNo is 50,000 words is 30 days. Not a finished product; not a polished, ready to publish project. Just 50k

Don't stop to edit
Don't re-read/re-write when you open the next day and find your characters going in a new direction
Don't worry about anything except getting 50k on paper/screen withing the 30 day time frame.

Maybe today you got nothing; and the next two days you do nothing but write because you took care of your personal issues and there is nothing else but the story on your mind.

Just write it; don't worry about the form it takes.

Golden; you have one of the most sophisticated minds I've met on the blogs; you will not fail just cuz you took care of your real life; you will excel b/c your priorities are taken care of.

Its just a glitch, Honey. Take a deep breath, and pick up where you left off.


TBM said...

I'm not participating but I admire all that are. And I know the feeling of being overwhelmed and yet finding a ton of other things that need doing. Good luck getting your focus back. At least you are trying.

Sarah Pearson said...

Apparently my 50k words will be finished on April 14 2013 :-)

Talli Roland said...

I had to laugh, because I recognise that internal dialogue! :)

Good luck. You can do it!

Stuart Nager said...

Shhhh..relax...it's all good. It's a challenge, not life itself. Take a sip or three of your favorite beverage, get some air, dance to a song or seven...and then face the beast. you'll deo fine.

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JeffO said...

My NaNo is pretty much dead in the water.

I'm alright with that. I think I need a period of recharge time, to be honest.

Anonymous said...

I managed to catch up last weekend, and I've somehow been able to keep up with the average. Had hoped for more of a lead, but so far so good. Have also kept despair at bay and still keep The Wife and kids happy and tolerating me. Whenever I write in the setting I've chosen, they usually can't stand me because it makes me grumpy and depressed.

The Golden Eagle said...

Laura: . . . other stuff. :P

Thanks! Good luck with your NaNoWriMo novel as well--you can do it!

Lynda: 2500 words a day is a lot of writing! Good for you. :)

Mood: Thank you! I did manage to write a bit earlier this afternoon; I've pushed my projected finish day back from November 30th, which feels great . . .

Old Kitty: Thanks! I might just take that advice. :)

Peggy: LOL.

Great minds think alike, don't they? ;)

Tricia: That's a great story; with the right kind of message when you have to write 1700 words a day. :P

I'll have to check out that post!

Angelina: Good luck with your revisions--and your draft. Hope the climax works out smoothly. :)

Katie: Sometimes it feels that way to me, too.

Thank you! And I will; if painfully.

Susan: Thanks. :) And I'll definitely do best to keep up with NaNo.

Alex: Thanks for the support. :D

Trisha: LOL. I've thought about doing that; I managed to make progress today with is encouraging, so I might not have to skip the middle part of the novel. :P

Kittie: True . . . I suppose it's kind of built for people who have time to write every day, for extended periods of time.

Thanks for the advice!

J. A.: Yeah--though NaNoWriMo can threaten to do that, if you don't keep up. :P

Donna: I really don't like writing on if the story doesn't settle with me well; I've had conversations with my inner editor before and managed to get through, and it looks like I'll have to do it again. Because you're right about NaNoWriMo--the end goal is 50k in 30 days, regardless of content. It's just my own resistance that's the problem.

I'll remember that advice. :)

TBM: Thank you!

Sarah: I'm sure you'll be done sooner than that; you can beat NaNoWriMo!

Talli: I think most writers share it. :P


Stuart: Dancing to a song . . . now that sounds like something I might try. :)

Cannot wait for the results on Monday!

JeffO: We all need time to recharge and reset now and then.

Joshua: Good for you!

I've written in settings like that--the dark ones tend to stick in your mind all the time. :P

Krispy said...

I always have this convo with myself! Oh, I'll do it later. After this. Okay, after this OTHER THING too. :P

Week 2-3 is definitely that point where you're discouraged and you're like Why did I think this was a good idea? Just push through!

Anyway, I'm looking to play some catch-up this weekend, and trust me, you are NOT as behind as I am. I think I'm not set to finish until next year according to my stats. Haha.

Good luck!

Simon Kewin said...

I'm cheering from the sidelines as I'm not Nanoing (is that a word?) - so all I can do is wish you the best of luck. Nothing like a looming deadline to concentate the mind!

The Golden Eagle said...

Krispy: LOL. How was the other thing? :P

I'm sure you'll rock this challenge! Just keep writing!

Thank you!

Simon: Thanks. :)

Nope . . .