I expect that you’re all heartily tired of me posting about Nanowrimo by now. If so, feel free to skip this post.
I’ve been thinking a lot about writing in general as well about Nanowrimo. And I think that the issues I’ve been having with Nano have nothing to do with Nano at all.
I truly do enjoy doing Nano. I like being part of a group all striving towards the same goal. I like the competition. I like being “given” the freedom to just churn out words without editing, to be able to explore new words without overthinking everything. I think Nano is an awesome thing, and I admire everyone who has a go at it, whether they make 50k or not. You’re all awesome, whether you’re an established writer who’s churning out a draft or if you just want to play in the word mines for the first time and see if you *can* do it.
In retrospect, Nano couldn’t have come at a worse time for me. Not only do I have baby brain and late-pregnancy exhaustion, I’ve also had workmen in the house for most of this week. Plus I only finished a draft of another novel last week – something that always requires some time in between just refilling the well before I can tackle another big project.
So. The plan is to take a step back into another mode of writing. To refill the well by reading a lot, to do some planning and outlining of Never (I’m seriously contemplating writing a full outline and synopsis this time, just because it’s something that I haven’t done before and I’m curious to see if the process works for me). I may still do some writing, and I will very possibly do a good deal of posting about writing process. I just want to take it as it comes for a little while and stop stressing myself out about it all.
Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.