NaNoWriMo

Dec. 1st, 2010 02:29 pm
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So I've started work on my novel, and National Novel Writing Month is over. How far did I get?

About 22,000 words.

I don't feel bad about that, because I think with some luck I can finish by January or so. Finishing novels isn't my problem - getting them published is. And I average about a thousand words a day when things are going well, and novels have snarls and tangles that I stumble upon.

I do feel bad about my craptacular novel, because at this point it's too damn slow and I hate it and oh God I'm going to have to go back and give these characters, you know, personalities, and the plot is off the damn rails. But that's normal, at this stage. I know a lot of authors who want to throw their page-baby out a window at some point, and so I absorb this self-loathing with aplomb.

The point is, I did the best I could do. Gini is advising me to take a break from writing this weekend, because I'm stressing about the damn novel too much. It's what I do, I suppose, but when my wife tells me to take a break then I shall. She is a wise woman. And I know I'll just think about how to fix the current plot-problem as it is all the time anyway, so not letting me get to a keyboard will force me to commit to only the best idea. I can deal with that.

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