NaNoWriMo Brotherhood

Confession time. At the moment this is published, I’m behind. Not by much, only 750 words or so. But still, I’m behind. So let’s have a look at the breakdown and see if we can find the cause.

It’s not laziness, I promise. It’s more hubris. There were days when I would wake up and sort of think to myself “Oh, I’m okay, I did a 10k the other day.” Forgetting, of course, that the ‘other day’ was in my first week, and that 10,000 words is only one fifth of what I need to write.

So, with that in mind, I need to course correct. The plan is a 5,000 word day. I’d like to do another 10k, but given that last time it left me in rather a lot of pain, I don’t think it’s a great idea. So, 5k. Maybe today, maybe tomorrow, depending on how things go. Then I will write every day until I’m done. The PS4 launches on the 29th, so I would like to be done by that point, so I can play guilt free all day.

In other news, the third week slump is setting in. I’m still really in the first act of my story, dealing with a small set of characters in a very specific setting. Also, very few female main characters, which is a departure for me. But looking at my outline, this 5,000 words should take me up to the end of this act, at which point the perspective switches to the protagonist’s daughter for part two, and a lot of new characters get introduced. It builds on the events of part one, but it’s a bit of a tonal shift, and should hopefully feel fresh enough to revitalise me for a while. In terms of tone, to put it in musical terms, if part one is grunge, part two is punk. It’s a bit more in line with the tone I reached for on Post-Apocalipstick, so I hope to have a lot of fun with it.

Speaking of NaNo and Post-Apocalipstick, people do keep asking me when I’ll finish it. Well, the answer is possibly never. It’s the novel I wrote to learn how to write a novel. And although I had a lot of fun with it, it’s a fucking mess, to put it bluntly. There are continuity errors, and the plot doesn’t always make sense or work. It’s less about editing, and more about a total rewrite. That said, I do love the world and characters I created, so I might consider taking another crack at it during Camp NaNoWriMo in the summer. We’ll see.

While I have been less than worthwhile in my writing efforts, I will point out that I have discovered another aspect of NaNoWriMo. Last year, I posted a lot on forums such as the NaNo subreddit. This year, I took the extra step of actually attending meetups locally. And, well, it’s just nice to get out of the house and out of my own head once a week to be honest. Plus, meeting people who are also crazy enough to try this thing has been a fun and rewarding experience.

I think that’s all for this week. Hopefully the next update will bring better news.

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