Unregular is a word. I swear it is. I just used it so it must be. Okay, I obviously mean irregular, but I’m trying to quirky and funny here.
Stop judging me. *cries*
So in my effort to warm up my fingers and my brain, because outside is ridiculously cold here in Texas, let’s talk about how the writing is going.
When I updated after the first week or so, I was feeling pretty good about my story. Like I wasn’t on track with my 75k for the month goal, but I was on track for the NaNoWriMo 50k goal (#50korbust), and if I am honest with myself, I’m actually okay with that.
But then this week started. And I realized I’m in the Murky Middle. Also sometimes referred to as the Swampy Middle. The Saggy Middle. The IWANTTOSHOOTMYSELFINTHEBRAINPAN Middle. My awesome daily word counts? They’ve plummeted into just barely over the minimum I need to make the 50k goal by November 3oth.
Now comes the trek over the next couple weeks to trudge through the mud and the fog and the potentially flesh-eating inhabitants of the swamp to emerge on the other side where I’ll make a mad dash for the finish line.
I’m not disenchanted or depressed or giving up. Because I recognize this is part of my process. I have this issue every single book. I hit that 15-20k mark and it’s like I’m trying to walk through the swamp. It’s slow going, it’s irritating, and if I didn’t know that this was the way every book of mine goes–like if I were a novice writer–I might give up. In fact, there’s probably an entire graveyard of stories I gave up on when I was a new writer. All of them around 10-20k.
That being said, this is also when I’ll procrastinate. When I’ll avoid writing… when I’ll find ways to work on other things… like, say updating my blog. Haha.
My resolve gets sorely tested. But I will prevail. I will finish this story.
Man, I make it sound truly epic… instead of just being a way to say “Hey, Suz, get your ass back to work.” Hehe.
(Maybe I’ll just get back to writing now….)
If you’re having an awesome NaNo or if you’re struggling with it like I am, let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear how your stories are going.