Now that NaNoWriMo is over, if you have finished your novel, you’re going to be setting into the re-write stage pretty soon. I’m still working on finishing mine, so it’ll be a while. The rewrite stage is the hardest part, in my opinion. It’s not just editing out commas and weird sentence structures. It’s taking your story, tearing it apart, and building it back up again.
Winning is great, especially when you’ve worked hard. I’m pleased to say that I won NaNo. Of course, the novel isn’t finished but at least it’s written partially. For the moment, it’ll have to sit for a while since I have other commitments to finish first. I have to say, I’m glad the year is coming to an end. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to keep to my goals (whatever they will be). I hope you all won NaNo, if you were participating.
Now it’s time to get back to real life. Ugh. I’d much rather live in my fictional worlds, but I suppose that is the curse of the writer. If we could live in fictional worlds, I doubt we would ever do anything.
Well, I’m off to enjoy my win, and by enjoy, I mean do more work. SO YES. Congrats to all the winners!
I don’t know if I’ve discussed this before, but I’ll be the first to admit that I am terrible at networking. If my life depended on networking, I’d be one of the first to die. Social interactions take a lot of work for me, and I’m sure for others. People say that networking is important, though, and sometimes it can yield unexpected results.
It’s over halfway through the month and here I am failing spectacularly once again and updating my blog for November. Things have just been rather busy around here but fear not! I have not forgotten about my blog and I frequently think on it with a twinge of guilt for not writing anything.
Blame it on NaNoWriMo, though. That’s what November is for after all. So how is NaNo going, you ask? Not as well as it has in the past, let’s just say that. I often refer to the year when I wrote my whole novel in five days (2009 was a glorious writing year), but I’m beginning to think that was a fluke. Since then, I just haven’t had inspiration like that. Not for NaNo anyway. This year, I’ve been plodding along, much slower than I normally do. Every day, I barely hit the goal. The story isn’t going badly, per se. It’s just slow-going.
A NaNo buddy of mine has already hit 200k this month, and here I am barely cracking 27k. But as a writer, it’s a very good idea not to compare yourself to others. You don’t know what those 200k words are. They could be better or worse than yours. It really doesn’t matter. You should look at it as inspiration. They can do that, so there’s no reason you can’t reach 50k. I just need to get in gear because this is really my last week to really work on it.
In the seven years I’ve been doing NaNo, I have not yet lost, and if you know me at all by now, I’m stubborn to the last, so I’ll see at the end of NaNo with 50k words in my pocket and hopefully you will too.
I kept putting off this post, hoping that by the end of the year, I would actually have a writing space to show off, but alas, it’s almost November and I’ve run out of time. The holy writing space, however, is an important tool to have in a writer’s arsenal. For some people, it’s the most important thing, and for others, like me, it’s more of an afterthought.
This month, I completely dropped the ball on posting three new posts throughout the month. This here is number two, and unless I, by some miracle, come up with something else in the next two hours, there will not be a number three.
Dropping the ball is generally not a specialty of mine. When I commit to something, I like to see it through. This month has been a whirlwind of commitments. Work and moving and remodeling a house have taken up every spare bit of time I have. I don’t even have time enough to work on my own projects, and with deadlines looming again, there’s a fairly good chance I’m going to have to ask for yet another extension (my editor cannot be so patient with me a second time, I’m sure).
How am I going to catch up? Well, I’ve got three days until the draft is due. NaNoWriMo officially starts in a few hours. I also work basically full time and have a second job as well. Not to mention the house still needs work. I’m going to have to make a schedule and stick to it. Today I got everything on my to-do list done except this project with the deadline. With NaNo, for these first few days, I will only have minimal amounts of time to dedicate to it – ie. I can really only spare enough time to get the daily goal. I guess it’s back to Write or Die this year. It’s been even more difficult lately as I haven’t had internet access since Monday. Finally got it back today in the new house.
There is so much on my plate that it’s hard to know where to start eating, if you know what I mean. I guess the only solution is to prioritize and maximize time usage, aka get off tumblr and do some actual work. I’m off to do that right now. Maybe I will get that third post done tonight.
Every year, NaNoWriMo rolls around, and most years, I have a vague idea of what I want to write, but this year… nothing. This year, my mind is a sea of blank ideas. It’s partially due to a large workload that barely gives me any time for my own writing lately, coupled with deadlines (that I’m probably going to miss coming up here). That doesn’t stop NaNo from coming around, though, so it’s time to get down to business and brainstorm up an idea.