Right, so a lot has happened since last week on the NaNo front.
First of all, I realized very shortly after I began that I am no longer a pantser. I used to be, big style. You know what happens with all the projects I start that way, though? I never finish them. Once I figured that out, I started plotting.
This NaNo, I tried to go back. Sure, I had the MAJOR plotpoints in mind, but nothing in between. Needless to say, it didn’t work. I didn’t know what I was supposed to be writing, so I didn’t want to write, so I didn’t write.
Jenny’s post last week on being a Nano-Rebel inspired me. To do what, you ask? Well, at first glance, I suppose it might look like I’ve given up. I’m not working on the project I had initially planned for NaNoWriMo.
Instead, I’ve gone back to rewrites on Book 1 of A Magpie Mind. Yes, that is what I was doing before NaNoWriMo. But the thing is, I’m doing it way MORE now. I started my rebellion on Sunday. I’ve written 7k+ words since them.
The traditional rules of NaNoWriMo don’t work for everyone. They certainly weren’t working for me this year, even though they have in the past. That doesn’t mean NaNoWriMo can’t be a great launching pad for projects that DON’T follow the rules.
Aside from that… I guess I don’t actually have much to say. Writing’s going well again, FINALLY. I’m at nearly 40k in rewrites, which is actually significantly further than I’d expected to be at this point. I’m hoping to have draft 2 done by Christmas (read: the next time I check in) and to start draft 3 (hopefully the final one!) in the new year.
Ambitious? Maybe. But I’m feeling good about it right now – hopefully it stays that way!
How are your NaNos (or NaNo-Rebellions) going?