The NaNo No-No
Week one of NaNoWriMo is over, and I’m both pleased and disappointed with my progress.
I rebelled a bit and started a project over, which put me behind for a couple of days on the 75K goal (and way behind on the 200K goal), but I’m a lot happier with the direction the novel is going.
In my last post, I talked about how I was having trouble with the beginning of “Mouse Games” and how I was going to experiment with writing scenes out of order. That experiment was short lived; I hated writing out of order and I couldn’t manage to stop dwelling on my botched beginning long enough to focus on a later scene.
So, I did a NaNo No-no: I started over.
Though NaNoWriMo encourages writers to just write for quantity, and not quality, with the idea that one can always revise after November. I couldn’t help it. I was very unhappy with how I started out and as a result, it put my writing into a funk. Thankfully, I worked my way out of it fairly quickly.
I restarted “Mouse Games” and switched to writing in first-person POV in the process. The result is a beginning that still needs a bit of tweaking, but not nearly as much as it needed before the restart. I’m writing linearly, and I’m more than one-third through the book.
With the first week of NaNo behind me, I’m pleased with the progress I am making on “Mouse Games”.
However, due to restarted and playing catch-up this weekend, I’m severely behind on reaching my 200K word goal. I’ll definitely hit the 75K mark, but I confess, I’m upset that it’s looking less and less likely I’ll reach 200K.
I’m trying to set shorter goals, rather than looking at this looming 200K mark. For example, today I want to write 9K. So, that’s the goal I need to focus on, 9K — not 200K, not 75K.
Even though I rebelled and did a NaNo No-no, I’m very happy with the way the first week of NaNoWriMo turned out, bumps and all.
How did your first week of NaNo go? What are your goals for this week?
NaNo Goal 1: 75,000
NaNo Goal 2: 200,000
Current Word Count: 28,000
Where I should be for Goal 1: 20,000
Where I should be for Goal 2: 54,000