#NaNoWriMo Day 2

//#NaNoWriMo Day 2

#NaNoWriMo Day 2

Some days you have good days in NaNo, some days you have bad. Yesterday was a bad day for me. I woke up feeling mentally exhausted from day one, more so than I expected. Day 2 is also a day of doubts: did I pick the right project? Do I like these characters? Is this ever going to be any good?

I’m a person who likes to spend time on the first chapter, rewriting and rewriting until I’ve got the tone just so, but with NaNo there’s no time to do that. So I found myself feeling uncomfortable with my prose and fighting an almost primal urge to go back, rewrite and reshape. Also, when it comes to visual description, I drastically under-write. This was acutely obvious to me as I tried to get yesterday’s words done. I need to ignore this and fix it in the second draft, instead worrying about new words. Some days words come easy, some days they are like treacle. Yesterday was a treacle kinda day.

The result was that I barely made the daily target. How rubbish. I see some of my friends have almost caught me up – which is a fantastic spur to push on, not because I want to “beat” them, but because I know other people are going through this as well.

With hindsight, I really should have swapped projects as Thieving King’s NaNo word count sits at 0 (though I do have some chapters written which don’t count).

You live, you learn, you pick yourself up and you carry on. Busy day today so it too could be a challenge to get words done.

2016-10-17T17:14:07+00:00 November 3rd, 2011|Writing|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Laura Lam November 3, 2011 at 11:58 am - Reply

    I had a huge day of doubt yesterday. I managed to save it by totally cheating–my project is no longer technically fantasy. Instead, I added a frame narrative. A girl with a terrible homelife is now writing this story to keep her sanity. Now, it’s okay if the wordbuilding is shaky and the prose is rubbish, as it’s a sixteen-year-old girl writing her first novel. See? Cheating!

  2. Adrian November 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    As far as NaNo is concerned, that’s not cheating at all… and again it’s something that can be fixed in post-production. You wait until you start going crazy with adjectives to get your word count up, or diverting on Tolkienesque diversions into the history of just about everything 🙂

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