Day # 30 of NaNoWriMo
It’s time to pat ourselves on the back with our word count even if we only had time for a few paragraphs a day. The point is not to obsess over your number, or think you’re a failure if you ran out of time. The point is that you made progress so that one day you can get past that question – how many books have you written?
My inner writing beast woke me up way to many times in the middle of night feeling inspired. Typing until 5:00 or 6:00 in morning should not be my normal. One of my goals this year is to stay healthy. Throwing off my body’s natural rhythm needs work.
This weekend, I had days of 5,000+ words but I didn’t hit my goal of 50,000 because I started over at the beginning. I reached 22,000 and my inner beast just wouldn’t let changes go. I’m merging two story ideas that I’ve was working on before NaNoWriMo started. I did create three new beautiful chapters that passed made it past the editing monster lurking in the corner.
Are there mistakes? Yes, but I had to tell myself to let them go. Starting over was enough. Part of my October Challenge was to write raw and let it sit until later. I’m working on that too but it’s better. I used to reach 1,000 pages and then I would pitch it. I’m lucky I finished any previous novel.
I’m taking what I have of my manuscript and I’m enrolling myself in MasterClass Online: Dramatic Writing with David Mamet and my first class will begin on December 1st. Join me and let me know how you’re doing.