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.