Over the Hump

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). 

Today I picked up Lani Diane Rich‘s Time Off For Good Behavior for a little inspiration.  Ms. Rich has the distinction of being one of the few participants to sell her NaNoWriMo book.

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.

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