Well, here we are, 3/4 of the way through November. I guess I should report my progress to date.
Yeah, not much.
You see, November was not only NaNoWriMo for me. It was hurry-up-and-finish-this-nf-ms month.
Yep, that’s right, I worked on 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids, finishing it up for my editor. And yes, that meant rewriting and adding to the tune of 45K. I finished up the draft and the first round of edits so far this month (thanks for your quick read CPs). I will be finishing the second round of edits this week and sending it off to my editor next Monday.
So what was my wc with fiction?
I sorta had a crisis of fiction-faith this month. It wasn’t the story (I LOVE the premise of my new WiP), and it wasn’t the time crunch (although, there is a huge time crunch issue). No, it was just a normal (for writers) loss of faith in my fiction writing.
It’s my own fault, really. I have a hard time switching gears from my nonfiction endeavors to fiction – at least, switching with the intensity I needed to finish NaNo.
So, instead of beating myself up, I decided on something else….
I’d pick a different month for NaNo. I could do DeNo or JaNo. They’re both catchy.
The truth is, I’m not pressuring myself to start. Not at the moment. When the muse comes back, I’ll write.
In the meantime, I’m writing in my journal – daily actually. Eventually something will return and I’ll crank out the next book at NaNo (or DeNo, JaNo, FeNo..etc) speeds.
I am very proud of my accomplishments this month, especially considering the stuff going on in my real life.
Did I finish NaNo? NOPE.
But I did finish the book I have on contract. And edits.
To me, that is HUGE.
How about you guys? How did you do with NaNo?
On a side note, I was on the OPERATION AWESOME blog yesterday, talking about being a writer of NF and Fiction. Check it out and leave a comment.
And, the GRATITUDE GIVEAWAYS is still going on. It is fabulous! Check it out here.