Friday, October 29, 2010


As October winds down, I find myself facing, yet again, the Big Question--to Nano or no? I've attempted NaNoWriMo before, but I've never been too successful at it. I find that it's no different than my usual self-motivation. The impetus to write copious words dies after a few days. Then I get disappointed in myself...and that's just a vicious cycle.

On the other hand, it might be a good chance to get a new novel kicked off. As I'm approaching the finish line for Novel 1 (okay, so I've only finished 5 chapters of the 18 chapters in the 2nd of at least 3 drafts--it's more done than not done!), I want to get working on something new. I'm thinking something scifi, as I've been in the fantasy mode for a while. I have a few ideas, but nothing that's really chomping at the bit to get going. So Nano could be a good chance to force a new draft into gear. But it could also fizzle and make me hate yet another of my ideas, as happened during my last two attempts.

Not to mention that most of my month of November will be spent doing a rather exhausting exercise for work. So I guess I won't be even fooling myself into thinking I'll Nano this year. Instead, I think I need to focus on finishing this draft before moving onto my next project. I've never been a good multitasker!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

September 2010 Wrap-Up

Okay, so I'm a little delayed in getting this post up, but my life has been not very writing-centric in the past few weeks. Not a defense, I know, but no one ever reads this anyway, so who cares? I'll merely judge myself!

Anyway, total words for September: 8561.

It's not a fantastic total, and I really don't have any excuse for it. I'd say that I'd do better in October, but it's already 10 days in and I've written a total of once. Granted, I banged out a good 1623 that day, but still, I'm falling very behind. Starting to wonder if I can even finish this draft before the end of the year. Still, I'm slowly but surely getting through the parts that needed the most re-working. In a few more chapters, I'll basically just be a typist!

October's goal is 24,800. I'm already 5,557 words behind that, but it's not too early to lose hope!