Losing NaNoWriMo

Alas, Poor Novel
November is rapidly fading into the distance and my wordcount has been pretty much stagnant save for small rallying attempts on Saturdays.

Writing 50,000 words in a month is a lot of fun! It gets rough proto-stories out of your head and on paper. It brings new worlds and new characters to life in one giant bolt of electricity– and the best part is there are a bunch of other people in the midst of their own storms as well.

But this year every time I sit down to work on this year’s story all I can think of are all the Frankenstein’s Monsters that already stumble around in my workroom.

I like this year’s story, I do! It’s turning into this really sideways stab at storytelling that’s fun to outline and write. I have a cast of supporting characters that grabbed the reins and demanded PoVs of their own and a plotline that went from simple to insane in the space of a few hours.

But I’m not going to hit 50,000 words, in fact I might not hit 25,000 unless this weekend turns out to be more productive than expected (I’m at roughly 13k now).

What I am going to do with the rest of this month is sit down, take a look at my projects, get a list of what I have and how much work is left… and then start planning out how to finish them.

Next year I’m doing NaNo without feeling guilty.

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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