29 October 2017
The outline I started last week is going great, but I could really use another week to plug the gaps before November!
I’d hoped to have the outline totally done by today. It was a noble goal, for sure.
Out of 50 scenes:
That might not sound like great progress, but I’ve got ticks against the important stuff!
The main things I’m missing from the outline are the worked-out scene summaries. I know what needs to happen in each one, but half of them aren’t yet driven by any specific goal or conflict – which means, right now, about half of the story is just a series of things that happen.
I’ve got a couple of days left to get my head into those scenes and sort them out. I know, though, that it ain’t enough time. That’s not pessimism; that’s realism.
But am I ready to hit the ground running on November 1st? Hell yes!
There’s no room for vague weekly goals now. It’s time for a serious plan.
And here it is.
So, by this time next week, I should have 12,000 words done, minimum. Getting ahead of that would be lovely, but I’ve got some more time off work coming up. I’m planning for a few 8,000+ word days later in the month.
I can’t remember how many NaNoWriMos I’ve attempted and failed already.
It’s a lot.
But this one is different.
2017 has been the first year that I’ve taken my writing seriously. I’ve read more books on the craft than in all past years combined. I’ve written more words than in all past years combined.
I understand “story” better than ever, and I understand my own abilities and limitations too.
In short: this year, I’m prepared.
But also importantly: I’m motivated.
In past NaNoWriMos, I’ve taken part for fun. Just to see “if I can”.
This year, I’m playing for my life.
I want to make a serious go of my writing. I want to make some kind of living from this.
And – oh boy – have I made sacrifices.
My PS4 has been unplugged for months. I don’t binge Netflix and Amazon Prime Video anything like I used to. I used to book time off work for mental recovery, but now I book time to write. I can’t even remember what I used to do on Sundays, but now I get up at 5am and I get words out.
I’m prepared, motivated, and committed to 50,000 words in November.
Good luck, everyone! Let’s do it!
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