Happy Wednesday everyone. I have not done a WiP Wednesday in a really long time. I was going to report my NaNo progres…but I am kind of embarassed. Being a very competitive person – like seriously competitive – it is killing me seeing the amazing word counts my fellow NaNo writers are racking up in such a short period of time.
Me, well, I have …. drumroll…..700 words. Yep, that is not a typo…Only 700. I wanted to write last night – but yeah, sleep won out.
When I started beating myself up over these paltry numbers, I flashed back on NaNo 2008. It was an amusing flashback – so I thought I’d share a bit:
I am just recovering from a month-long bout of pneumonia. Work is piled up like crazy, as is my stress. I am coming unglued at the tiniest of things. But, I want to do NaNo. So I begin (I know, I know – first mistake, right). So, I decide to write a sequel to my first, now shelved, novel. I figure I know the characters, the setting, the storyline – this should be a piece of cake.
And I start writing.
But, as I said, work is crazy…like crazy with a capital C. So I get behind. VERY BEHIND.
I join a NaNo group on Rally. And I meet Elana and Carolyn – both involved in NaNo. They encourage me, fill my mind with thoughts that I can actually complete this blasted thing. And, if I am being completely honest, they intimidate the heck out of me – cause clearly THEY are going to finish, no sweat.
But, like I already said, I am very competitive. So I wrote more. But, I still was miles away from any possibility of ending up with 50K.
Now, since my work calendar enables me to be off for the entire week of Thanksgiving, I was able to write, constantly, for about 8 days. In that time, I completed more that 35K. And yes, I made the goal of 50K.
Of course I deleted a lot of that after the fact – but hey, I DID write 50K
See, I guess I need the looming panic-filled deadline to quiet that internal editor enough to allow me to write for NaNo!
In all seriousness, I have no idea if I am going to finish this year – but being the competitive person I am, I will try.
How about you guys? Where do you stand with everything?