December 2013 – Update
You will be happy to know, I was able to complete NANO this year. However, it was quite the struggle. I started out writing a romance type of story. It was going along all right the first week. The second week, I decided I wasn’t enjoying my Main Character. By the beginning of the third week, I didn’t like my main character or my main guy character at all. I realized I was just going with the motions and putting down a story and words. The writing was horrible, as I didn’t care anymore. I finished the story out on the 21st, but it only came to 41,990 words. I didn’t know what to do, as I didn’t want to waste anymore of my time on that crappy book! Yes, I hated it that much.
So I read a bit of the rules for Nano and decided to begin a new novel to tack onto the crap one. But I didn’t start it right away. I was a bit bummed about how the first story came out and procrastinated. There is definitely something to be said for connecting with your characters in order to have a good book. So, I put off beginning. Then Thanksgiving hit and I didn’t have to time to write. Finally, the last day of Nano hit and I was still 8,000+ behind and only one day to do it.
I whined a bit to my family about failing Nano. I have to say I was a bit surprised by their response. They said, to finish dinner, then go and write. Do what I am always telling other writers to: Sit your butt down and just do it. So, at 7:00 p.m. I sat down in my lovely quiet office, turned on a bit of Fleetwood Mac, and began a new story. I wrote for an hour, then took a break. Sometimes it was just to clear my brain a bit, sometimes it was to rock a small baby to gain a moment of peace, and sometimes it was just to snatch a snack or take a hug from my Seren. At 11:00 p.m. I had 800 more words to go. My fingers were flying. The story was spewing from my brain in a flood. It was great.
At 11:30, I uploaded what I had: The first crap novel of about 42,000 and the new pretty good start and decent story of 8,000 all totaling 52,020 words. I made it and I got a banner to prove it.
I am pretty excited about my new story. Of course after Nano, I didn’t feel like writing at all, so it has stayed set at 8,000+ but I am very happy with this one. I will get back to it very soon. I think I deserve a bit of a break, so for the rest of December I will be reading. I have a load of ebooks on my Kindle that need my attention.
What will I do with my crap novel? Trash can it I think. I will hold it for a while to see if I change my mind, or if I think I can salvage it somehow. I think Romance just isn’t for me. There are good moments in it, but all in all, it sucks.