Catchy title, right?
So as you may have gathered, I got married on Friday to Neil (formerly also of TGNA). The whole weekend was a bit of a whirlwind, ending in him going back to Scotland to move to Ireland without me. Yeah. That sucks. We’ll hopefully be reunited at Christmas.
Anyway, all of that meant NaNoWriMo got off to a rocky start. I mean… it was going to regardless, seeing as I hadn’t actually plotted anything beyond the three MAJOR plotpoints. So this NaNoWriMo is a little more like my old WriMos, meaning that it’s going to be a complete mess, it’s very unlikely to hit 50k words, and it may end up going nowhere at all.
What am I going to do about that? Well, not panic, for starters. Also, not do anything stupid. Whether I hit 50k this month or not, I don’t want it to be a waste. And yes, I know they say that the whole point of NaNoWriMo is words on paper, but… I find it’s significantly more useful if I don’t literally have to scrap EVERYTHING I’ve written.
How am I going to prevent that from happening? Here’s how.
First, I am NOT going to force myself to plow through scenes that aren’t flowing properly/organically, that I haven’t really thought through to conclusion, or that I hate. If something’ s really not working for me, I’ll skip ahead to something that makes me actually WANT to write instead of making me dread it. Yes, that means that my 50k may jump around a bit. That’s okay. I have the rest of the year to fill in the gaps.
Second, I will not beat myself up for not reaching word count goals. While yes, I am trying to turn off my inner editor, I’m also trying not to make myself hate writing, so I’m not going to force myself to hit 1667 words just for the sake of hitting 1667 words, especially when it means they’ll be complete garbage and I’ll probably have to rewrite them just so I can keep going with NaNoWriMo.
Third, I will actually take advantage of the Adoptables forum this year. Every year I browse and then go… nah. I want to do it myself. This usually results in my plugging random names or titles in with the intent of changing them later and then getting seriously stressed when it comes time to do that. I’m going to swallow my pride and accept that sometimes, other people’s ideas DO work well in my story.
Fourth, if rewrite inspiration TRULY strikes, I will allow myself to work through those rewrites rather than trying to shove forward without really having a grasp of the earlier stuff. Every year I find myself going ‘oh, duh!’ about something that happened around 10k when I’ve just reached 30k. Frequently, that ‘oh, duh’ refers to something that needs to be changed and that will have repercussions later in the plot. Trying to move forward when I know everything’s got to be changed just adds work and stress and makes me want to stop writing.
So yeah. It’s NaNoWriMo Day 5 and I’m only just over 2k words. To be fair, I just started yesterday. It’s very unlikely I’ll win this year. But I’m still hoping very seriously to come out of it with something I don’t need or want to trash entirely.
Anyone else doing the same?