My novel has been in a coma since the fire. Not dead, just on life support. I wrote 1677 words last Thursday during a sprint with my Savvy Authors bootcamp group. I wrote 464 words at the write-in on Sunday. That’s it. On Sunday, I had an idea how to move my plot along, which was a good thing, because I was getting quite bored, and it was going nowhere. I still didn’t feel like writing through.
Last night I did another sprint with the Savvy Authors group. I wrote 1756 words and had several revelations about my plot. My main character still bores the life out of me, but at least the plot has a little more zest now. I can always fix my MC later.
I’m still 9166 words behind. That’s a bit daunting, but I keep reminding myself how much I usually write, and that it isn’t a big deal for me to catch up if only I try. I have lots of time to write this weekend. Sunday night is the Evening of Scribing Recklessly. I can get a good chunk of those words I’m missing this weekend. Then next weekend will be nice and quiet. Sure, I have to work the day after Thanksgiving, but there’s a chance I won’t be doing anything Thanksgiving day. And there’s a write-in Wednesday night that I plan to go to.
So catching up is possible. I have to start thinking positively. This past week I’ve said many times, “I’ll feel lucky if I make it to 50,000 words this month.” It’s time to stop that and say, “I CAN catch up. I type fast, I have a plot…I CAN DO THIS!”
And I really want to continue my winning streak. I want “10” to be in a purple circle on my profile next year. I want to earn the winner’s shirt. So while my novel may not be up to my standards, it’s something. It’s better than having nothing, and I can always edit it later and make it better. Getting the first draft out is the important part. I can’t make nothing better. But this, I can make better.
If you’re doing NaNo and lagging behind with me, get writing! We can do this!