Monday, November 15th, 2004 • No Comments on Over the Hump
It’s Sunday, not Wednesday, and I’m well past the half-way mark, but I’m over the hump with my NaNoWriMo book. Today was a significant date in my month-long writing project. Last year, I only made it until November 13th before I ran out of steam. I also had about half the number of words written as I do now, which means I not only made it past last year’s quit date, but I’ve also been a lot more motivated to write this year.
Maybe the difficulty I’ve been having with my writing in the past couple of days was just the mid-book blues. Or maybe it was a mental block I created for myself. Last year, I gave up on November 14th because I didn’t have the time, energy or story to fight past it. This year… I wrote my 2000+ words tonight and my story seems to be back on track. I don’t hate it any more. That may change again, but tonight I’m happy with what I’ve written. It probably helps that I’m feeling much better than I did yesterday.
At almost 40,000 words, I know I’ll make the 50,000 word goal. It’s a good feeling. Even better is knowing that, despite the massive amounts of editing I need to do, I will have a solid first draft to work with. Which is a comforting thought as I go into the second half of this book (and the last 20% of the NaNoWriMo challenge).
Time Off For Good Behavior
was written during NaNoWriMo 2002 and was published last month by Warner Books. It helps to have a little tangible evidence that I’m not wasting my time and I could very well sell the book I’m writing in a rush right now.
Speaking of inspiration, remember when I mentioned a few days ago that I could use a little motivation in the form of a writing sale? Well, I got my wish today. I arrived home from my trip to the bookstore to find out the lovely Tristan Taormino is buying a story from me for an anthology forthcoming in May 2005!
I think my writing muse is trying to tell me something by bestowing this sale on me on this particular day. And I think she’s saying, Don’t give up.