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.
We are one week into NaNo… Okay… a little over one week since the first of November was on a Friday. Okay, it’s ten days, but details. I don’t math, anyway. That’s crazy talk.f
This past weekend, I had drill, so I wasn’t sure how much writing I would get done. But… I managed to stay ahead of the NaNo goal of 50k. I didn’t meet my personal 2500 words a day goal. I know it’s a lofty goal, but that’s okay. It’s kind of my thing, after all.
After completely switching up the story I wanted to write for NaNo, I was a little apprehensive. It’s not as detailed or excessively planned as the story I meant to write. But that might not be a bad thing, really.
I’m enjoying the story I’m writing. It’s fun, it’s interesting. I think it’ll be the next book I serialize on Patreon, while I’m writing the next arc for the Bloodlines serial and getting the first Bloodlines book edited and ready to publish.
I really want to get the zero
I know a few of you asked me about that book and if it’ll ever get out, and yes, it will. There comes a point in creative work that you need to listen to that creative part of you. There’s the business side, that cracks the whip and makes you work on whatever book you should work on to make deadlines or publishing goals. Then there’s that creative part, the part that makes you love writing, that isn’t always cooperative with the business side. Some times, the two sides are at odds with each other, and you have to pick one or the other.
That’s kind of what happened to me this year. I knew that I should be working on Reapers 3, to meet that “publish 2 books” this year goal I had. But I didn’t feel like it would be my best work if I forced it.
I know I’ve talked about this before, so I won’t dive back into it, but that’s why I’ve been concentrating on all these other stories. I needed the break. I’m happy that I’m starting to think about my Reapers again. I’ve missed them and hopefully, I’ll be working on them soon.
But as of November 10th, I’m sitting at right around 19,000 words. I’m behind for my lofty 75,000 goal, but still on track for regular normal NaNo. I’m actually thinking about changing that lofty goal… Especially after being sick for the last few days. But I’m feeling better today, so I’m thinking I’ll keep striving for that 75k goal. I can do it.
Now, I need to get off here and get a few more words before I need to get ready for work.
It’s November 1st. At some point on this day–unless you’re a NaNo Rebel–we will all be looking at a blank page. Some of us started at midnight, some won’t start until later tonight. But there’s nothing more exciting to be than starting a new piece of art and creativity.
A fresh story. New characters. New love.
But let’s be honest. When you think about it, 50,000 words is pretty intimidating and scary. I know that I started this month nervous, wondering just what on Earth possessed me to set a goal for twice what I normally write in a month?
The thing I have to remember–and that I want all of you to remember–is that it’s okay to be freaked out by it. Ignore those authors talking about how they NaNo every month and that this is no big deal. They are not you. And it is a Big Deal.
Imposter syndrome rears its ugly head hard core in November, because so many are trying something new and exciting. It’s awesome that those authors can write 50,000 words every month. I used to be like that. But they aren’t me, and they aren’t you.
People are different.
And it’s unfair to yourself to judge your accomplishments and challenges based on someone else’s experience. What is hard for you may be easy for someone else, and you shouldn’t judge yourself based on what’s easy for other people.
I had to teach myself how to plot without writing a draft first. It was hard and I messed up a lot, and I tossed aside a lot of stories. What comes naturally to others–plotting before writing–didn’t come naturally to me. But I worked at it. I figured out how to do it. This November, I’m writing a book that I plotted before I ever wrote a word of it.
That’s crazy to me.
It’s okay to be freaked out.
There’s no one way to write a novel. In fact, I don’t think that I’ve ever written two books in exactly the same way. Some people are linear, some people not so much. Some people need every last detail planned before they can even type “Chapter One” in their file. Some people just start.
Write what inspires you. Write what makes you happy. Maybe you’re not very good with descriptions, but you’re killer with a plot. Start with what you love, what you’re comfortable with, and the rest will follow from there.
Give up on perfection.
Whether it’s your first book or your tenth, NaNo is about accomplishing a goal, about being motivated to getting words on the page. Don’t let that inner editor censor what you want to write. Just get the words. Let the magic flow.
And if you need some encouragement, find me on Twitter. I’ll be your cheerleader this November.
The writing has been somewhat non-existent this week. To the point where I’m getting worried about NaNo and if I’m actually going to be able to write 50k in a month. I haven’t been consistent with writing and I’m very aware of that.
I may be being dramatic. November might come and I could be fine. You never know.
But I made the decision that writing is going to be fun for me, for at least the next couple months. I mean, writing is always fun for me, or I wouldn’t do it, but I really wanted to concentrate on finding that love that made me want to do this for a living again.
Sometimes, we get bogged down in everyday life. We get caught up in our kids’ lives, or we pick up extra shifts at work to make it through the bills. We lose ourselves as we hit the daily grind. Sometimes, we need a reminder of the things that we love. We need that reminder that we are still living, breathing beings that need a moment to ourselves on occasion.
This week, I have grand plans. I have two videos to film and edit, 6k words to write, and Bloodlines posts to edit. Oh and a secret project to do that I can’t talk about yet. I also need to work on the character profiles for the NaNo project because there’s only a handful of days before NaNo starts and I’m very behind on Preptobering.
But at least I got this blog post out this week. It’s such a small thing, and I’m not even sure if anyone reads it, but writing these posts makes my week start off right with a small victory. It’s like making my bed when I wake up–which by the way, I’m really bad at remembering to do.
Hope you guys have a fantastic week, and until next time, I’ll see ya later.
Can you believe it’s October? I can’t. I also can’t believe it’s already almost a week into October.
I spent most of this week switching my newsletter provider. While I liked the one I was using, it was expensive and I’m trying to cut costs. My writing business has been in the red for a few months, mostly because I haven’t been working toward publishing another book this fall, so I’ve been actively trying to figure out how to not spend as much.
It took me about six hours to switch
What’s been going on lately?
Stepping back and allowing myself to not publish a book has alleviated a big HUGE stress off my back. But I also won’t have that income this fall, which I would have gotten in time for Christmas. And I’m sorta okay with that. This is why I have a full-time job still. BUT… it means I need to find another secondary income for a bit while I’m setting up my business for next year.
I’m spending the fall months writing new words. I pretty much do this every year. I don’t know how but I’ve managed to time writing new words with NaNoWriMo every year since 2008. It was never really on purpose, but it always happened that way.
My first goal is to write more on Bloodlines, enough to get me through the year. Enough to finish out this first story arc and get started on the second. And I need to get that done during October. Because November is a whole new book. That’s goal two. I haven’t talked a lot about that book yet, because I’m still figuring things out with it. So while I’m writing Bloodlines in October, I’ll be brainstorming this new book and trying to flesh it out in time for November.
I know I’ve been sort of absent here on the blog. This is the main reason why. I’ve been trying to figure out my life. LOL. I relaunched my YouTube channel and that’s been taking a lot of my time. I’ve been focused on writing new words and plotting out new books and keeping Bloodlines running regularly over on Patreon. These are all I
I’m going to do better. Time management isn’t really my strong suit, but I can’t get better at it if I don’t try. So, all through October, I’ll be working on improving my time management, which I’m going to need to do if I want to get through NaNoWriMo in one piece.
I can do it. I’ve done it before. And I’ll do it again.