I made the official call. I’m not going to “win” NaNoWriMo this year.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a great thing, this writing a novel in a month thing. I did it last year and that novel releases in February.
But, for this new project, the time frame wasn’t right. This new novel is a little more needy. It deserves my focus and attention to detail.
I need to spend a lot of time researching for this novel. I can’t cut corners or look things up later. They need to be correct.
And I’m enjoying the research a great deal.
I also want to cultivate the characters in a more intimate way. Not rushing them. Had I planned a little more on the front end of this autumn, I would have been ready to write them. But I didn’t have the time.
I do now, though.
And I intend to make good use of my time.
So. I didn’t get my 50,000 words in. No biggie. I got 25,000. And some of them are good. A few of them are keepers. My character has a voice that I like. The antagonist is slimy, but sympathetic.
And I’m happy I had a little nudge from the NaNoWriMo program.
But, for this year, I say farewell to National Novel Writing Month. Maybe next year.
Have you ever started a project that you didn’t finish in the time you expected? Have you ever had to quit something? Did you feel badly or relieved? I’d love to hear from you!
I think this is a healthy mindset. We have families and they need to eat, and have clean underwear and stuff. Also I love the holidays and I don’t want it ruined by this weird deadline. BUT I will say that I have been writing a lot more even a little every day and that is better then ever. That whole 50,000 words thing doesn’t work for me, it paralyzes me, but a little nudge to do something every day that has helped.
I love you, Jessie!