Bring It, NaNoWriMo


So here we are in Day 5 of NaNoWriMo, or in my case, NaNoFiMo, and I thought I’d check in with how I’m doing. Didn’t get to much blogging yet this week, and I figure I’m overdue.

My plan was to take manuscripts that were in various states of completion (or, more to the point, non-completion) and finish them. Here’s how I’m doing. I’ve got one manuscript down! It was further along than I remembered, and it didn’t take that much to wrap it up. That was the easy part.

When I got to the next manuscript I had in mind, things got a little stickier. I started reading it and I hated it. Hated it. It was older than I remembered, and it read like it. Though there are some worthwhile concepts in it, it will need to be ripped to the foundation and redone completely. Not exactly what I had in mind for NaNo.

That was disheartening.

And so then I had to decide what was next. All of my remaining choices had far less progress, which means that I can, in all likelihood, only finish one more manuscript this month. Oh well.

But that’s NaNo, isn’t it? It’s all about adjusting, rolling with the unexpected things that pop up, writing when it sounds like nonsense, and going when you just don’t feel like it. NaNo is many things, but most of all, it is endurance training in a race where the conditions are always changing.

That’s my NaNo so far. How about yours? How’s it going?

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