Sunday, November 4, 2018

NaNoWriMo Day #4


I will say that it's harder meeting the goal of 1,667 words consistently every day than you might think. Writing 1,667 words in one sitting isn't too difficult. Doing it every day is. There is a continuous temptation to slack off until another day. Then there were the distractions. You wouldn't believe the things I can come up with to distract myself. I caught up on the news. I listened to music. I shopped for Christmas toys (for myself--since I'm a grown-up, I can pick my own toys now). I cooked lunch, visited the Halloween candy bowl a few times, did laundry, and cleaned. I measured the freakin' walls and tried to mentally arrange non-existent furniture.

However, I know I probably won't get much accomplished next Saturday because my Mom is supposed to come into town, and we're going shopping and flea marketing. Then, two weeks later, we will have Thanksgiving. The month will be gone in a flash.

So, I had to buckle down and write to prepare for those days when I won't be able to. Just the idea of commitment made it hard. Ugh. It's not hard like I'm emotional and in tears kind of hard. As long as I get my sleep, all is good, and I've had good sleep the last two nights. If I go without sufficient sleep for long, that's when the pitifuls start.

Today I wrote 2,348 words and a total of 7,624 words so far for NaNoWriMo. I am on Chapter 32 and Page 201. I have already formatted my page sizes so that I know about how many pages I will have, but I still have to format the first pages of each chapter so that they have the proper amount of white space. Things like that will cause the numbers to shift a bit.

It's funny that a couple of years ago, I was concerned that I wasn't going to be able to reach a certain word count or page count to make a story a novel. Now I'm wondering how much I'll have to cut out before it's done.

As I'm writing, I'm constantly telling myself that I need to fix something on the rewrite. I should probably start making a list. I'm afraid of forgetting some detail, but I feel sure that I should catch some of the glaring errors, like, oh, when did Paul get a car? Stupid stuff like that. 😸 Yeah, I'm a professional.

Which makes me wonder (which is usually dangerous)... at what point does a person begin to be a professional independent author? Often, a traditional author feels validated simply by being "chosen" to be published traditionally, but it's not like they're ready to move into a penthouse at that point. So, it's not the money that makes one a professional. I don't know the answer. I've written several books and have published two. In some ways, I am a professional. Just my opinion. 

I can see how it would be difficult for new writers who didn't know what to write or who didn't have a good idea in their head about what was going to happen in the story. I've spent a long time thinking about my story, and I'm still tempted to drop everything and go research some crazy idea that I decide to squeeze in.

There is so much in this book. I am sometimes a tad concerned that I am trying to cover too much ground or that it's so much that it's silly. But, I'll get the rough draft finished, let it ferment for a while and work on something else. I need to finish my MG/YA novel I started a few months ago. That will probably be the next thing. Then I'll start the edits on this one, when I've had time to get some objectivity about it.

There are scenes that are difficult to write. They feel stiff and tedious, and I just struggle through them. But I push through, writing as well as I can, knowing they'll get sorted out in the rewrite. I really don't work well under pressure. I like to have time to woolgather and stare into space. Yet, I felt that it was important for me to dive in and push myself by joining NaNoWriMo this year. I don't feel that this is something I could do monthly. I would like to try it at least twice per year, and if that panned out, maybe even quarterly. I think I have enough ideas in my head to do this at least twice a year. 

Anyway, that's where we stand today. 


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