I am hardly surprised I am late this week, Thursday was my birthday. 😛 I have gotten practically no writing done, but there has been sushi, grasshopper pie, and decorating for Christmas. NaNo word count is juuuuust under 15k, and I have made peace with the fact that I will most likely not hit 50k before November is over.
I should have started writing when I got excited again. Rain’s novel needs the enthusiasm that comes with NaNo, and if that means writing before Novemeber- well, I’d at least have more than 15k to show at this point, I’m sure. Probably would have started on BloodWhore as well.
The thing about NaNo is that it gives you an excuse to be a writing in a world that doesn’t always let you. It lets you justify putting off the laundry and social engagements and any other thing that might keep you from writing.
I do that anyway.
Writing is my all consuming passion, the thing I sacrifice all other gods before. I won’t play video games, I’ll refrain from just watching tv, I’ll keep from going out with friends because I’d RATHER write. Because I NEED to write.
I have the luxury of being a grown adult with a full time job and no children. I’m not in school, I’m not in an organized religion, I have the most relaxed girlfriend in the world who would rather have me write than do just about anything else. I have the luxury to let writing consume me.
I get that not everyone else does. School, kids, jobs that follow you home, partners/family that don’t “get it”, an active social life (to say nothing of the author’s own doubts)- all of these things are silenced by NaNo. Or, in my case, are not a concern. So I get that NaNo is extremely useful for some, but again, I’m coming down on the “Not for me” side of things. I’ve easily written 50k already this month on any number of other side projects, the NaNo Relief Bash and the beginnings of the second Asylum novel, to name a few. Rain’s gotten a little screen time, but I’m just not feeling that euphoric NaNo rush that I did last year with my first one. I’ve had some ideas for the editing of her first book, so I’ll keep drafting book 2 during November (just because it’s not as transformative for me as it is for some doesn’t meant I’m going to just give up on my NaNo) and see if this next round of edits doesn’t reveal a story I can actually get excited about.
And if it doesn’t, well, Asylum’s debut is right around the corner. 🙂