Week One is drawing to a close and, I’ll admit to you, I’m already behind. I haven’t once gotten my allotted daily words this week. I look at some of the word counts in our region growing fast and furiously, and watch mine inch along.
My problem this year is that I really like my story. I want it to succeed beyond the 50k. My inner editor is a lot harder to smother this time around. You know what I’m talking about. That little editor watching over your shoulder, throat-clearing and head-shaking every time you write an awkward sentence or meandering conversation or overly wordy description of ship-building techniques in 15th century Portugal.
I’ve been considering each paragraph as I write it. I’ve been weighing words. I’ve been checking and double-checking my notes and outlines. I’ve pretty much been doing everything I’m not supposed to during NaNo.
But am I worried?
For all my faults this year, I haven’t been procrastinating. Well, not too much, anyhow. I really have been pondering my story, talking about my story, dreaming about my story. I’ve put in a lot of keyboard time. I’ll get there.
This isn’t my first rodeo. Even though some years I’ve had that fast and furious word count, in others my pace has varied. I have every confidence though that, even though I’m slow-going at the moment, there will come a point where story comes pouring out of my fingertips and I won’t be able to hear my inner editor over the clacking of the keyboard.
And I’m still having fun. I love my story this year, my characters frequently make me giggle, and I’ve been nodding my head with satisfaction as I put words on page.
Whether your words are flying or whether they’re shuffling along at a more sedate pace, keep at it! And just have fun!
– Jessica (Past_Midnight), co-ML for Indiana::South Bend region