NaNoWriMo 2010 Struggle

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NaNoWriMo comes in November. So does Thanksgiving and my husband’s birthday. Last year, my first NaNo, I ended up not writing the last six days of the month because of cooking company. (Here is a good sidetrack point about grammar. With a missing comma or word, you may come to the conclusion that I am a cannibal. Not true. I meant that I was doing a lot of cooking, and better than normal cleaning, for company.) Hence, I did not “win” last year. However, I did get a completed novel out of it later, which was, in my opinion, the whole purpose of the NaNoWriMo exercise.

Although I’ve kept up with the daily word count so far this year (1,667 words/day), and have even stashed away some extra words each day, expecting not to be writing around the Thanksgiving period, I found myself sinking into a slump. I was doing well. I am doing well. And yet here I am in a writing depression. What is that about?

And then I open my NaNoWriMo email from my regional leader. She mentioned that Week Two was the hardest week of all. What? Had she come into my house? Into my head? How did she know that? I suppose I should have felt more comforted, knowing other writers were feeling, at this point, the same as I. “No!” I shout. “I am not a groupie. I am an individual writer! I will not be like everyone else. Ha. I’m not depressed any more. There.” And I’m off to write my 1,667+ words.

3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2010 Struggle

  1. Hi Sandy,

    I think I understand why the slump – and yes I’ve been not getting the word count this week that I did last week. What I’ve discovered is – I need some story process time to move forward. I’m not a flow writer – it takes me four to six hours to write the 1,667 words because I edit as I go.
    I can live with the editing thing – again I’ve discovered after many attempt at writing in the flow…that is my flow, to edit as I go.
    My story is zinging through my head in many different scenarios, I need a little time before the best scenario rises to the top and makes sense for the next part of the story. Now that I know that about myself, I’m not so hard on myself about a low word count for a day.
    I know I’m jumping back on the horse today and moving on the next scene – it’s all set in head and perhaps today I’ll type up a 3,000 word count. Could happen – I know when I’m on fire I’ve written 5,000 words and didn’t even realize it.
    You go girl – you are figuring out your process as you go…and it looks like you have it down. Be finished before Thanksgiving (smile).

  2. It is a wise woman (or person) who knows herself, Sue. Nearly everything I write during NaNoWriMo is for later revisions. Way to go with getting so many readable words in a day.

    I am the same way– that I need to spend time processing — but I figure I’ll be doing that post NaNoWriMo.

    You are doing awesome with your word count. I see your next book on the near horizon.

  3. I think it’s awesome how much you both are accomplishing. Even if you don’t win by NaNo standards, you win for yourself if you accomplish something. I would not worry at all about the time you can’t write around the holidays and your husband’s birthday. Those times are so precious and you never know how long you’ll have those experiences. Maybe you can get up a bit earlier to write some but not all of your word counts.

    My husband’s birthday is at the end of the month. Funny that we both have husbands with November birthdays.

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