I’ve taken up the NaNoWriMo challenge and the muse has been with me. In three days, I’ve written 16,500 words. This might not seem like a big deal to you but to me? Huge. I’ve never written so many words in such a short time. I feel very accomplished.
I’m doing things a little bit differently from my norm this time around. Normally, when I write, I spend a lot of time going back reading over what I’ve written. I’m constantly editing as I go along; changing sentences, moving scenes, contemplating word choices. But this time? I’m not worrying about what I’ve written…at least not like that. Of course I care about it for continuity sake but I’m just writing the story as it is in my head. I’ll go back and edit and worry about all those things after I’m done. I’ll do the polishing after I’ve gotten the whole story on the page, not during the process like I usually do.
I think it’s helping. Because I’ve gotten more written in the last three days than I ever have at one time before. See the little progress bar on the left? It estimates I’m 33% done with the story, if the end result is actually going to end up being 50,000 words. That’s the goal. But right now? There still so much story left to tell that it might even be longer. But I’m not even worrying about that so much. Yes, the goal is 50, 000 and I intend to make that. But I’m telling the story as it’s meant to be told and if that means I get 30,000 words or 80,000 words, then that’s what it is.
Nick and Owen’s story will be what it is meant to be. I’m giving it shape, but really, I’m just along for the ride.
But can I just say this? It feels incredibly good to be writing, to be making progress. I’ve been…in a slump in regards to that lately. I haven’t managed to get much on the page since I finished Hero Worship, the bulk of the writing for which I did during the summer, and Just polished in August. Submitted in September. Accepted in October. It’s been a bit of a whirl wind, with Worth It and Hero Worship. And everything that I’ve thought of and written down since and seemed like crap. So those stories weren’t meant to be told. At least, that’s what I tel myself. But this one? Yeah, it wants to be written. Who knows what will happen when I’m finally done. But it wants to be told and that has me feeling pretty good. I’m going to ride that high for as long and as far as I can.