So, I’m doing pretty well with my NaNo. I could definitely “Win” if I wanted to.
I’m just not sure winning is a good thing anymore. Don’t get me wrong, NaNo got me to write almost 40,000 words as of today, but I think it came at a price.
To my story.
I was in a rush every day to get my stinking word count or make up for the previous day’s word count.
So? You ask. What’s wrong with that?
Well, I don’t like to write just to get word count. I like getting a high word count and when I do write I typically knock out a few thousand words. But I’m not trying to get words, I’m worried about PLOT!
I’m a plotter –this is book four of a series, major shit is happening, I have lose ends, I have character development, I have theme and all kinds of clues I’m supposed to be layering in the story – all while making sure I remember the damn girl has all these issues that must add up to something by the end of the fifth book.
Whew. I mean, there is a LOT going on. Junco is not a quick read once you get past Clutch. It’s got layers. Everything has a purpose, it all has to come together. It’s a bit exhausting just thinking it up to be honest.
But this damn NaNo has this little graph that shows your freaking progress…(I’m a bit behind as you can see.)
And so I knocked out like 5000 words yesterday and then woke up this morning and wanted to erase most of it.
I didn’t, don’t worry. I know better. A lot of it is still good, but I spent my writing time today going back to a previous scene to add in some pretty important stuff. It was a couple thousand words, and all I keep thinking is, how did I miss this on the first pass? It’s so obvious.
I blame NaNo.
There. I said it. I blame the damn contest. If I was focused on plot and characters like I normally am that scene would not have gotten past me. It’s OK, I have the scene now, but I cringe to think of RJ getting hold of this manuscript and her little red comment bubbles filled with WTF is this? (Not really, she’s super polite in her comments, but I know what she’s thinking.)
Anyway. I’m just chiming in just in case there’s more writers out there like me who like to spend a little less attention to word count and a little more attention to plot. I probably won’t make 50000 (new) words because I have a two day trip this week for work, but that’s OK. The book is darn near finished – I’m at about 80,000 words right now and I’m just getting to the crisis, so I’m about 20-25,000 off the end. I have all of December to edit and even parts of January if I need it, so it will be fine.
But I think I’m done with NaNo. My first and only year was not inspiring, it actually took me off task. There’s nothing wrong with writing fast, I write fast most of the time, but there’s more to writing than productivity.