A note on my NaNoWriMo effort

If you have been checking in this month, you would have noticed the fruits of my attempt at writing a novel in the month of November for NaNoWriMo. If you checked in yesterday, you would have seen I didn’t post anything. Whilst I did manage to write 30-something words, there didn’t seem much point in posting them. And I don’t think I’ll be continuing.

It sucks to give up. I’ve wanted to give up the daily posts a lot during this year and didn’t. I’m very proud of that. I’m not proud to give up on this novel but I just don’t have it in me right now.

I had a world, I had some things to pursue, but I honestly don’t know where to go with it and the pace demands I don’t have a great deal of time to think about where I wanted to go. Where I’ve held tight with my daily posts is that they’re one-and-done. A shit day doesn’t carry over. A shit day on a novel very quickly snowballs and I became palpably anxious about hitting a word count.

Today was spent screenwriting, dipping back into a draft I’d set aside for NaNo. And the 2 years I’ve spent in that form had me feel immediately at home. I can take the time to do the scribbling, the spinning a sequence up in my head and suspending it there for an hour or so before writing the 3 or 4 pages and then repeating. The word count blaring in my face, I never felt I could take the time to do anything like this with NaNo.

I’m back now to my normal dailies. Hope you still enjoy them.

Cheers for sticking with me,

Daniel

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