Yep, here we are again!
I am still working on Ever Touched for NanoWriMo, and I’m just shy of 10k now. It’s been a bit rough. I think time away from this particular world has diluted it in my head, and also the characters. It hasn’t been that long, but long enough for me to notice subtle things.
Usually until I hit 10k I am floundering (except with Fey Touched — that book was the exception to the rule) and since I’m pantsing it, doubly so. I have a general idea of what I’m heading for, but no details as to how, and I feel a bit panicky about it. I think it may be because it will be intended for publication, and it’s the third book in a series, and I’ve never written a third book in a series ever. So more often than not I have had to force myself to write, which isn’t as fun, but that’s my only option.
NanoWriMo for many years has been absolute magic for me. But for the first time, I’m feeling a bit strange. Like I’m not doing this right. It can’t be the 30k goal, because I’ve done that many times. I’m not sure if it’s just nerves, or working on this book in particular, but there it is. But I am sticking with it until the end, and I may feel differently later. Perhaps.
Words written: 9,180
Words remaining: 20,820
Word wars: 6
Word wars with myself: 2
Chapters written: 1
What’s happening: An uncomfortable conversation
What’s next: Hell if I know
I have also been rereading a book of mine I began waaaaaaay back in 2005 (!) that I want to submit to a publisher early next year. I’ve rewritten it 4 times already over the past 10 years (scary, huh?) and I set it aside in 2011 to write Fey Touched. (I was getting absolutely nowhere and was ready to hang it up completely when some writer friends suggested I do this). So I’ve been terrified to even look at it again. But it’s one of my best stories, with two of my favorite characters and one of the scariest villains I’ve ever written (or so I’ve been told) and I refuse to let it go. So I thought, I’m NOT rewriting it again, but a comprehensive revision would be okay. I still have the original notecards and betas’ notes, and maybe it would be a good thing to stretch myself a bit and see what I can do. There is a deadline involved, and even if by some chance I don’t make that deadline, I’m still working on it and not letting it sit longer. It’s on my priority list for revisions anyway, so why the heck not? So I started the reread last night and….it’s not as horrible as I thought it was. It has its moments and definite places that need fixing (particularly with the heroine and hero) but damn. It’s actually quite good. So, maybe there’s hope yet!
(Just a bit of trivia for you. I began this book, called Pirouette, on Nov 1st for Nano in 2005. I finished the first draft on December 27, 2006 — yes, I remember it! — and the draft came in at 399,915 words. (!!!!!!) The first draft was more of an exploratory draft and bears little resemblance to what it is now, but it laid the groundwork for what followed. Draft 2 is where I made some major changes, all to the good, and that one came in at 192k. And….so on. Now it’s down to 128k.)
Yeah, so a big project I wasn’t planning on taking on this soon but there’s an opportunity there I don’t want to miss.
So that’s what’s going on.
Oh, yeah, on physical activity, I’ve done 15 mins twice this week.
Chocolate consumption: Not a lot. Been trying to stay within the confines of my diet. (And I can’t believe I am saying that!)
How are you doing?
2 thoughts on “#ROW80 Check-in 11/8/15 – Nanoing”
Do you think it might help not to think of this story as a third volume in a series, or as something you’re writing for publication? Maybe, if you could see it as the exploration your 2005 draft was, but with everything you’ve learned since then, you could relax and find enjoyment in the writing.
Maybe not, but I thought I’d throw the suggestion out there. In the meantime, I often find that feeling strange about a project is a sign of growth, and writing the third in a series for the first time does seem like growth.
May you continue to find the words, and what happens next!
Shan, that is an interesting way to look at it. I will give that a try.
Something just occurred to me. This story is a bit more ambitious in subject matter (if you recall, the clone with a psychic link to the original) and a bit bigger in scope (first of three books that will end the series, too). I’m not sure I’ve tackled something quite like this before, so that could also be part of the strange feeling.
I do agree — I think it is definitely a indicator of growth. 🙂 Thank you for the well wishes.