A NaNo update and calendar or whatever
Uh, somehow, I have written 10,000 words in 6 days. And I don't know how. And I have no idea what I'm going to write next. All I know is that last November, it took me 17 days to write the same amount of words, and thus I am writing almost 3x as fast and also my brain hurts.
My "plan" for NaNoWriMo this year was to go in totally blind as per usual, but with this resolution in mind: I will not reread what I have written so far. If you'd like to know how that's working out for me, I will tell you that am currently full of loathing for my pre-November self, that semi-sane jerkface who made rules she knew she was going to want to break. CURSE YOU, PAST SELF.
I can't help but want to reread and edit. I really can't. And my no-rereading rule is killing me because it's forcing me to break a habit when I just want to be FREE, goshdarn it, FREE AS A GAZELLE IN THE AFRICAN GRASSLANDS. It actually pains me to resist the urge to scroll up just a little and hit the delete key.
Do you ever wonder if your first draft-ing habits are "normal"? For the past 6 days, I've been asking myself that question, because I don't think I've ever written like this in my life, without spending a little bit of time at the beginning of every writing session to reread and revise the words I wrote in my last writing session. But other writers are always saying that you should allow yourself to write a sh***y first draft. Now I'm realizing that while my first drafts may still be sh***y, I don't know if they're actually "first" drafts. They're more like second drafts, because I've already been revising as I've been writing.
And now you understand why it took me a year and a half to finish the first draft of Privateer.
So now, I'm sitting at a desk for a couple hours a day, asking myself, "Is this what 'normal' writers feel like?" What with the feverish, unedited typing, and the realization that you just constructed five passive sentences in a row but instead of fixing them you just start to tally them up like The Count from Sesame Street, like, "ONNNNE PASSIVELY CONSTRUCTED SENTENCE, ah-ah-ah, TWOOOO PASSIVELY CONSTRUCTED SENTENCES, ah-ah-ah," and so on and so forth until the end of time?
If you ask me, it's actually kind of liberating. I'm not saying that turning off my inner perfectionist isn't hard, because it is (really, REALLY hard), but it's really nice to be able to let the words pour out of your head uninterrupted by your shoulder editor.
Also, can you tell that my shoulder editor is still on vacation? I definitely shouldn't be writing this post right now but I AM and it's GOOD TO BE QUEEN, AH-AH-AH.
So. I have created the following schedule for the rest of the month/NaNo, to keep me on track and bring inspiration to you and me, because remember how much I like lists? Yeah so here, have a list.
- November 7: It's a Thursday. You know what that means. Lock yourself in your room for two hours and don't come out until there are 1000 new words on that page. This has nothing to do with Thursday.
- November 8: Friday is a beautiful thing, because that means the next day is Saturday and that means that you can stay up all night if you want to and you won't hate everything the next day. So go ahead. Pull the nerdiest all-nighter ever.
- November 9: NaNoHQ says you should be at about 15000 words right now, but let's face it—you're probably not. But that's okay! Commiserate with a friend! Eat a Crunch bar! Mortally wound your protagonist's best friend! Fun stuff.
- November 10: Sunday is funday so give your protag a scene with his/her love interest.
- November 11: It's Veteran's Day. Introduce your protag to a soldier. Use the line, "Our war has only just begun."
- November 12: Ryan Gosling was born on this day in 1980 so you must base a character on him due to this being a law of the universe.
- November 13: Talk to yourself as you write a scene. Because it's fun. Not that... I ever do it...
- November 14: Look, you could have been almost halfway done if your novel was actually going to end at 50K words! HAHAHAHAHAHA kill a character off.
- November 15: NaNoHQ says you're at 25000 words. When was the last time you showered? When was the last time your protag showered? NO ONE KNOWS.
- November 16: nationalwhateverday.com says that today is "Have a Party With Your Bear Day," whatever that means. I'm thinking someone in your novel should definitely get mauled today.
- November 17: It's Sunday. Time to have a good cry. Yes, yes, let it all out. Now write a scene in which your protagonist steals his/her father's armor, runs away from home, impersonates a soldier, deceives his/her commanding officer, dishonors the Chinese Army, destroys my palace, and saves us all.
- November 18: It's a Monday. Phonetically spell out a blood-curdling scream.
- November 19: It's my birthday so in honor of me introduce a character named Samantha who never speaks. Only watches. Always watching.
- November 20: It's the day after my birthday so let your protag discover that the murder was committed by Samantha in the library with a lead pipe. Also, ABC Family's Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas starts today. But, ya know, don't let that distract you...
- November 21: Ten days left. Add a vampire.
- November 22: Nine days left. Add a zombie.
- November 23: Eight days left. The apocalypse is nigh. Destroy a city.
- November 24: One week left. Do not despair. One week seems like a long time right now, but when December 1st hits, you're going to look back and be so happy and wonder, "Why are there vampires and zombies in my novel?"
- November 25: Drink twelve cups of coffee this Monday. You're gonna need it.
- November 26: LOL don't even try to solve that massive plot hole that you accidentally created back on Day 10.
- November 27: IT WAS RYAN GOSLING ALL ALONG WASN'T IT.
- November 28: Thanksgiving. Give thanks, for you are not yet dead. Feed your protag turkey. Three more days until the end.
- November 29: Two more. Your protagonist must discover something about him/herself. He/she is stronger, smarter, happier, good-er than he/she ever thought. THIS IS A REVELATION. REJOICE AND THROW MONEY IN THE AIR.
- November 30: If you're actually at 50K, you can go ahead and write the worst ending to any novel to ever exist. Make sure you capitalize/bold/underline/italicize the words "THE END". Unless you're me. Then you can keep writing for another 80,000 words or so before calling it a day.
Hey look this blog post was 1000 words long. Guess I did have another 1000 words in me. Too bad I blogged them out instead of fiction-ing them out. Ha-ha. Ha.