So…NaNo. My update this time is not all that hopeful, but I still plan to pull it together and make my 50k. I’m running about three days behind now after a weekend spent in dark glasses on the couch because of a severe migraine. Timing is everything.
However, that’s not the real reason I’m so far behind. I have been struggling from the start for one simple reason: I’m writing this story pure organic style, something I haven’t done in a long time.
NaNo for me is about learning, and relearning, how I work best. The thing about being an organized organic is that I am perfectly capable of writing organically. However, when I did that, it took me a year to complete a novel. The result was no less of a solid first draft. The only difference is the time.
I’m a multitasker. I have no trouble, and in fact, function better when doing more than one discrete task. This ability does not translate well to writing though because the tasks are so interrelated. By failing to do the “thinking” phase on the novel in the outlining step where I let the plot build and the characters start to form, I am left doing that simultaneously to the “writing” phase when I’m putting down words in a storytelling voice.
It’s a bit like patting yourself on the head while rubbing your belly. I can do that too, but it takes a bit to ramp up, and the minute I get distracted, I lose the rhythm. It’s not a matter of being able to do different things with each hand–heck, I’m a guitar player so I have that down–but the ability to do different but similar things. This is why I’m struggling.
Every once in a while, I’ll click in and get 300-500 words in a half hour, but then it fades again to two separate processes stepping all over each other.
I have very limited writing time this year, and so being unprepared was far from wise. However, this is a lesson I clearly needed to learn…again. I have some tight deadlines this week, but once they’re past, I’m making a concerted effort to get back into the game.
So, how are you doing? Are you like me, holding on to hope despite slipping word counts? It’s too early to give up. One good week and all this could be behind us.