Well, another week has passed, so I figure it’s time for an update.
While it’s been difficult, and slower going than before, I have managed to keep up with my goal of writing a minimum of one thousand words a day. Though things are moving forward, it’s obviously not going as quickly as it was during NaNo. I averaged closer to two thousand words a day during November, but progress is progress.
I’ve crossed the 75,000 word threshold, and the story is moving along. I’m still sticking pretty close to the outline I wrote in October, with only small deviations. Somehow I’ve managed to write in another sub-plot, to kill off another sub-plot, and the third sub-plot doesn’t seem to be going anywhere right now.
We’ve gotten notice that beginning December 21st, we’ll be laid-off of work until at least January 14th. If I can’t finish this by the end of the year, I’ll have a few weeks at home where I can put in some extra time and get this thing done. I’m hoping to up my daily word count to at least 1500/day while I’m off, to finish this first draft by mid January.
I’m still keeping up with things around the house – finishing up projects that have been languishing. I do have a few projects in mind for while I’m off work as well. I’m still trying really hard not to let this writing thing take over my whole life and cause me to shirk my other responsibilities.
Lately I’ve been watching a lot of videos from the “Author-Tube” section of You-Tube, getting some advice, learning a few things and re-assuring myself that things are progressing well, despite appearances.
It’s nice to know that almost everyone who tries to write a first draft thinks their work is shitty. Most of the authors I’ve watched agree that first drafts are supposed to be garbage. You’re just essentially vomiting the story out onto paper, trying to make an imperfect representation of the perfect story you have in your head. I’m really trying to hold on to that.
Surprisingly, the temptation to give up hasn’t struck me hard yet. I’m not sure whether it’s because I want to do this so badly, or just that I’ve gone too far with this project to stop now, but even though it’s difficult, I haven’t been tempted to stop and forget this whole dream.
I still have the voices in my head telling me that I’ll never be a “real” writer; saying “who are you kidding? As if anyone is going to want to publish your shit or even read it”, but I’m managing to ignore them.
Beyond all of that, life has been ok. As I said, I’m still keeping up with my other responsibilities (truthfully, I’ve probably been more productive since I decided to try and write this first draft than I was before… something to do with guilt, maybe?).
Last weekend, we went out of town to attend a friend’s house party and had a great time. I’ll admit, I didn’t get a lot of writing done over the weekend, but I made up that deficit over the next few days, so I’m still on track.
At the rate I’m going, I should hit 90,000 words by December 31. That still won’t finish the story, as I think the stuff I wrote during NaNo was a bit bloated and word heavy; I was so focused on getting to 50,000 words. The story shouldn’t need too much more than that. I’m shooting for about 110,000 to wrap it all up, and then edit it down to around 90,000.
So, in short, I’m still alive, still a bit crazy, and still at it.
Hope you’re all well.
Novel Word Count – 75,468