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I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to start writing my next NaNoWriMo novel tomorrow… or tonight after midnight. For the past week I’ve been working on the NaNoWriMo project I’ve been working on for the past two years. There are currently just over 95,000 words and I’m still writing scenes to get it completed.

I thought I just had an ending to write, but I was mistaken. So now I’m trying to create those scenes while re-reading what I have written so that I’m not totally off the mark. It’s not easy.

And for the very first time ever I’m starting to understand how I can edit something. Perhaps by writing this over a span of two years, letting it sit virtually untouched for eleven months at a time, it’s allowed me to gain some perspective. So now I’m eager to edit, to rework those scenes that felt too rushed, too choppy. Add in a few transitions that will make for better flow.

And… make this bloody thing a bit more consistent.

By not having any direction or goal when I first started out, by having just a short prologue and a few opening sentences, it was hard to try and come up with a timeline. During last year’s writing challenge month I managed to get that a bit more together, but I really think I need to be more granular.

For this particular story, this is a good thing. But what it means for NaNoWriMo I’m not sure. It will likely take me the entire month to finish writing those scenes and starting on those edits. And as I will be cutting words, in addition to adding some, I don’t know how I can calculate my word count.

And as I have this new-found dedication to this older project, even if I don’t ever decide to publish it, I’m not sure the time is right to be starting a new project. As much as I think I’ll have a lot of fun writing about this new character I “met” when I started writing earlier this month, I think I need to say goodbye to the characters in this long-suffering project of mine first.

I’ve also committed to writing at least four short stories during this month and in my more active real life I’m taking a month worth of classes (with homework) on coastal navigation. And with the rest of my weekends booked with sailing charters – practice makes perfect, right? – I’m not sure if I’m a bit too ambitious with regard to NaNo.

Oh and there’s a full-time job to factor in, as well as a full-time book blog.

So I’m starting to think that this third NaNoWriMo of mine will be a bust. Unless of course you count possibly completing a WIP. That’s something, right?

But I think the new novel will have to wait until January and the short stories until December.

And I think in the new year, if I decide that I want writing to be more a part of my life, I’ll have to take a bigger step back from the book blog. But that, as ever, is to be determined. As much as I enjoy writing – and I do when I actually get the chance to do it – it’s very possible that I’m not very good at it.

In writing, positivity doesn’t count for everything.

Anyway… as I just realized (as I sit here staring longingly at a bowl of mini Twix) that it’s Halloween, I’ll end by saying Happy Halloween! And for those who are about to embark upon their writing month – whether it’s their first, third, or fifth – Happy Writing!