It’s NaNo day +14. There’s good and bad news, but the good news outweighs the bad because the bad isn’t that bad really.
I’m not finished my first draft.
BUT…I’ve been writing.
It’s been a hectic two weeks at the Basement Office and at where I earn my money. It’s as if the universe was politely waiting for NaNoWriMo to finish before starting to throw stuff at my head.
I’m not finished my draft. To be honest, this isn’t critical. I don’t have a deadline. I got my 50K for NaNoWriMo, the rest will happen when it happens. I don’t know at what point the story will finish. I’m closing in on 60K and I’m not out of my middle yet.
I have not written every day. That one stings a bit. I did try and commit myself to a 500 word a day regimen and I’ve pretty much failed at it in the last two weeks. I figured posting an update and a mea culpa would help re-focus my efforts (and it does).
I’m still excited about the story. I’m in a good place right now. The action is flowing and things are happening. I’m not stuck wondering where I need to go, I know where I need to go. I just need to write. I might have some minor hesitation about twists and turns here and there, but I can see which stars I need to follow to sail to port.
I’m still writing. This is a big one. I’ve written as many days as I’ve not written. This is huge for me. I didn’t just stop. I didn’t quit. I still have that nagging feeling most days where I don’t want to let the day go by without at least trying to get to 500 words. Now, some days I only write 100 or 200, but that’s better than zero.
So what’s next? Keep trying to get that daily writing goal going. Keep trying to get a streak going. Get to the end of the story and slap “The End” on that first draft. For the first time in a long time (if ever really) I’m eager to start doing some real re-writing and editing.
I’m also planning to keep writing here. This thing is just one of a million writing pages that are basically writing diaries, but you know what? It’s mine and it helps. The cost is minimal and I enjoy it. I plan to maybe evolve the format a little, find my space and put up some more unique and interesting content other than just how my writing is going and I hope that will resonate with some folks out there. We will see.