Where I Should Be: 5,000
NaNoWriMo Word Count: 3,486
Total Word Count: 12,890
So me and NaNoWriMo didn’t get off to the best start this month. I had a very busy day Friday and was basically just exhausted by the time I got home from work. I did open my Word document, but I basically just stared at it for a long time before eventually giving up. I hated the idea of being behind already, as anyone who’s done NaNo before will know how difficult it is to catch up, even if it’s by just a day. I knew though that even if I did manage to write something it would be total garbage, and I would want to re-write it the next day anyway. I know, I know. There are probably a ton of you out there who are shouting that it’s about quantity not quality that matters during NaNo, which is true, but I still hate the idea of writing garbage just for the sake of it.
I’m slowly catching up, little by little, but I’m still struggling. While I don’t totally hate what I’m writing, it’s not brilliant. I’m finding it difficult to take it slowly and really think about the words. Instead, I’m just charging ahead and hoping for the best, which is fine for now, but I don’t see it being beneficial in the long run. The other problem with being behind is that I don’t feel like I have enough time to plan. My usual writing style is to have the basic structure of the story (what I like to call the ‘dots’) and then I plan what happens between each dot as I write. So currently I know what my next dot is, but I’m struggling to work out how to get there. I’m kind of hoping that if I just keep writing, the solution will appear out of nowhere.
Anyway, enough procrastinating. I have words to write. But before I go, I’ll leave you with a little snippet of what I’ve written so far:
‘The zombies hammered against the door. Stale flesh against glass, slamming into it over and over again, growls of frustration echoing from their throats. Evidently their comprehension skills didn’t stretch quite far enough for them to be able to work out switches or doors.’ - The Cured, Chapter Four
So how’s NaNoWriMo going for everyone else?