For NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) participants, we’re at the halfway point of November, where if your book isn’t already at 25,000 words, you’ve got some catching up to do…(that would be me). This is my first year, and I understand that the point is quantity, not quality, the problem is, you have to have at least something written. I waffle between days of “this is pretty good, I like where this is headed,” to “I can’t put one thought together in my brain, let alone string a sentence together.”
So far my novel looks something like this:
Something happens, then some other things happen, people talk about it, think a lot about things, they have feelings…blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah…a bunch of crappy ideas I wouldn’t show to another human being if my life depended on it….blah blah blah blah blah blah…this paragraph isn’t completely horrible…what were you thinking…blah blah blah again…this entire chapter looks like you wrote it by banging your head against your keyboard for a few hours….more blah blah blah that I’ll most likely cut…blah blah blah some more…
If I’m crazy lucky, I’ll have something at the end of this that I could potentially work with, maybe edit for the rest of my life, and possibly do something with just before I die (but most likely it’ll be after I die and my daughter will come across it as she’s going through my things and giving away my cats). As it stands right now, this will be approximately 60-80 hours of my life I’ll never get back, and will likely have spurred on an incurable and constant feeling of being an utter failure.
For those of you not doing NaNoWriMo, or who aren’t writers, what types of things do you tackle that at some point you wonder whether or not you’re entirely insane? And for those who are doing NaNoWriMo, how are you hanging in there?