After a few weeks of admin-linking to work elsewhere, a full on-this-website blog post this time – although not a super-long one as I’m going to talk about something I failed to achieve and I don’t think dwelling on it for thousands of words is super healthy.
Between that paragraph and the title, regular readers may guess where I’m going – my one-thousand-words-a-day-for-three-months word count challenge did not reach its final goal. To be precise, it wound down a week or so back at around 66k, but due to real-life busywork, writing blogs for other sites and the huge amount of comic-based TV I’m trying to follow, I haven’t got round to posting about it for a while.
Still, after going to the trouble of announcing the challenge was happening, I shouldn’t gloss over my non-success. Pretty annoying that I chugged along fine for two months on my own and then died off just as everyone else joined in for NaNoWriMo, I must say.
Anyway. Where did it all go wrong?
Plan Vs Reality Vs Words Vs Plan
A lot of my problems can be summed up with this post I wrote in June, which is nice as it saves me typing all that out now. Turns out, planning a new novel in a whole new world is harder work than planning another nice comfy Hobson & Choi book.
My plan didn’t entirely fall apart, which is nice – my words were going in the direction I planned, but the way they got there and the circumstances under which the story took place changed so much that I couldn’t really keep going. Or rather, I could, but I’d be writing stuff I knew I’d end up deleting and much as I sometimes enjoy the NaNoWriMo forge-ahead-no-matter-what approach, I also don’t like knowing beyond all doubt that I’m wasting my own time.
Plus, in terms of progress along my book plan, I’d written sixty-six thousand words to cover plot that should’ve taken about forty thousand max. So, even if I did my planned ninety-one thousand by the end of this month, I’d never have a full first draft as I barely covered half the story. Not to mention, I don’t see much point in writing a new major part if I know huge chunks of the foundations will be removed, but haven’t yet decided which ones.
So I’ve started bashing together a better, more coherent draft of the early chapters, re-using existing material for most of it, but stitched together differently. We’ll see. As with all these word count challenges, best to focus on the fact I achieved something. Even if a huge chunk of my 66k gets cut, it all went toward figuring out the world.
…Vs Reality Vs Plans Vs Leeds…
Also unhelpful, I admit, that just as I started wobbling on how to progress the novel, I became incredibly busy all the time so momentum died. I was in the day job a lot, many birthday parties came along, I went to Leeds for Thought Bubble – which was fun, by the way. Saw loads of comics, feel like I want to write some more of them soon.
No idea how that fits in with the novel writing, no. Will try and keep bolting together my better draft.
To be honest, it is with some confusion that I stagger towards the end of 2016. At least I know to start editing H&C4 in early January, that’s a pleasing constant. Everything else is in a state of weird flux.
And that’s a current writing update, for anyone interested. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, good luck to you – you’ve just passed halfway, that’s gotta feel good. And if you’ve attempted and failed NaNo, ah well. Stick with me and focus on the fact you wrote something. There could be gold in there somewhere.