NaNoWriMo check in
Yesterday the wheels fell off the bus…
On Day 7, I managed to pass 20,000 words! Despite my growing apathy toward my characters… I decided to take a couple days off to really think about the direction my story wanted to go and try to flesh out my characters and create an outline for the rest of my novel.
On Day 10, I woke feeling good, strong, ready to put in a 10,000 word day. I managed to procrastinate until about 3pm. I sat down with my Alphasmart NEO, my favorite tool for getting a down and dirty first draft done, my constant companion through many Novembers. I started to cut and paste entire files to empty file slots so I could return to somewhere around word 5000 and take the plot in an entirely new direction.
And somehow in the middle of it all, I managed to completely delete over 19,000 words.
Yes, you read that correctly.
When I had completed my rearranging of text I went into each file to check and make sure all was well… I had two files of old content, both had the exact same 1081 words in it, and the rest of my seven day writing frenzy had disappeared into the ether.
So I took a deep breath, swore like a sailor, and hit delete file, completing the purge.
On Day 10, I was starting with a blank slate…again.
Oddly enough, I felt a strange sense of calm. After the initial shock, I felt lighter. I really had not been liking my novel. My husband thinks maybe I did it subconsciously on purpose, and I am beginning to think he may be right. After the Great NaNo Debacle of 2012, I sat down and kicked out 7829 words in four hours and guess what! I like what I am writing. It is starting the same as last time, but I am taking more time to fill in the scene and while I am still not entirely sure where I will end up on the plot, I am liking the characters much more this time around.
Maybe it did happen subconsciously on purpose, or maybe my muse has a really strange way of kicking me in the ass… Either way, the journey h begun, again… And I intend to ride the wave!