Every year, I fall prey to NaNo fever. This year was no different. And today is opening day, as it were. Everybody is off like a shot. And I’m waving them on with wishes of good luck. Sanity has prevailed.
Trying to participate is even more insane than usual this year because I have 2 out of town trips on TOP of Thanksgiving and end of semester stuff at the EDJ. I also changed my project 3 times–the first two novel ideas aren’t being given up, but both require more time plotting and sorting, and I’m most definitely not willing to waste my time sprinting forward when I didn’t put in the work on the front end yet. And the third–well the third is fully plotted and ready to go. BUT, I have significant revisions to make to Be Careful.
I knew when I sent it out to my first round of betas that there were issues with the second half. This was a gut knowing. And having heard back from my first one, my gut was confirmed. We had a long chat yesterday, winnowed down to what the problem was, and brainstormed some options for fixing it. I COULD go the route that means I don’t have to change as much. But it wouldn’t be as good a story because now I SEE THE PROBLEM and I spent my time last night sorting out a plan for how to fix it. It just happens that that plan means I’ll be rewriting 12 of the original 14 scenes from that half.
And I’m okay with that. I had life stuff happen right after I wrote the midpoint that completely blew up my brain. Which meant I pushed through and wrote and finished anyway, which is its own valuable lesson. I tried something, it didn’t work, and I kept up with the discipline and avoided page fright (always a big issue with me), where in the past I would’ve just frozen and been unable to work.
More life stuff is coming down the pike in December that I fully expect to wreak havoc on my writing life for that entire month, so the goal is to knock these changes out in a jiff and get it out to round 2 of betas, and get it cleaned up and out the door in early December. That’s the last big goal for this year. It’s not what I wanted to get done or what I had planned to get done, but the best laid plans and all that. We have to adjust.
Life stuff will always happen. The point is to keep producing something, keep honing the craft. And it is, after all, exactly why I started A Round of Words in 80 Days.