There's a fairly standard saying, at least I think it is, that says, "The best way to kill a story that you're writing is to talk about it."
For myself I find that to be quite true. Though, to be honest, I talk to myself, but I still think it counts.
In spite of that saying, I am going to talk about what I'm writing about. Kind of.
Actually, I'm going to talk about the fun I am having writing a terrible, nothing new from me, story that I hadn't planned.
There are stories that I need to finish, and I know just where the problem lies. I need to delete a pretty large chunk of a chapter, and I really don't feel up to it. Another story, I have to give serious consideration. On one hand, I know that it's gone way off track from where I started, so I think the best thing to do is scrap it and start over. Still, I still like where the story is headed, so I'll keep on thinking, and not writing, about how to fix things.
It's the not writing that's getting me down. Every day when I would sit at my computer and stare at the blank mocking screen, I cringe. I don't write. I feel like a failure. Sure I call myself a writer, but I'm not doing the writing.
Then November rolls around and I see it as a time to make a choice. I can either crank out the 50k words in thirty days or not. I want to be a writer. I think that I am one, but yet I kept putting off the actual writing. It's like a musician who never touches an instrument.
Though only the first week is through, I feel very optimistic. The average daily word count to make the goal is 1,667 words per day. That'll leave you with ten words left over. I managed to get roughly 2,400 words per day, and, this the best part, that number has climbed steadily daily. I think I'll be able to reach 3,500 to 4,000 words per day by the end of next week.
I'm not sure if people have talked about this aspect of NaNoWriMo, but I think a big bonus is that it lends to building a habit writing consistently.
If you get through the entire month, then you've managed to set time aside to do the writing without disrupting the things that matter. Hopefully anyway. The past two days I reached my personal goal of 2.4k words before I leave for work. Looking back on it, the time I spend writing would have been spent goofing off rewatching youtube videos or watching Netflix.
If I manage to keep at this, it looks promising to get a solid rhythm going and make writing a part of my day instead of a thing that I feel obligated to do.
But enough of that, how about that story?
Well, as I suggested, it would be best to write my story than talk about it, but I can fill you in on some of the details of how I'm working on it.
For starters, I'm very lazy. I didn't outline. Pantsing it all the way. Sure, I told myself that by doing nothing with the novel until November first, I was keeping true to the spirit, but I'm just lazy.
This story has no outline and no thought out direction, so it's going to be a stinker. I decided to add to the pile.
I'm accustomed to writing in the third person, so I'm going to write in the first person.
Lastly, I need a tense. Well for that I have one that I've never done. Present.
Let's recap: no outline, a POV that I'm not used to, and a tense that I've never written in. This is a trainwreck that will end in a spectacular fireball.
Or a resounding "meh". Either way, I'm loving the experience, and I can't wait to write more.
On a side note, once I have a day off, I'll give that chapter the needed attention. I think that once I cut the part that's bothering me, it'll be much smoother to finish.