Re-evaluation completed

Hey all! Before I start, just want to let you know that I’m at S.K. Anthony’s blog talking about how I beat insecurities and at Gwen Gardner’s talking about how I create complex characters.

So, as I mentioned on Friday, I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo again this year, but that at this stage I needed to re-evaluate how I was going to approach it.

I decided I’m going to let myself off the hook while pushing myself at the same time. Sounds crazy, I know, but here’s how I look at it.

As far as drafting’s concerned, I don’t really care what my word counts go towards, as long as I write. So at the moment, I’m a bit too stressed to focus on my current WiPs, but it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t write. Just means I can write without focusing on a given project.

Does it mean I’m wasting my time? Probably not. The way I see it, I’ll be adding words to most of my projects, since I won’t really be able to stay away from them. Maybe not 50k to one, but I’ll finish all of them anyway.

Also, doing prompts will open up my thoughts again. It’s been weeks since I could focus on writing, so I need to get back into the swing of things.

Besides, who knows? Maybe one or more of those random prompts I’ll do will lead to an awesome story.

Who else is doing NaNo? If you want to buddy up, my user name’s iceangel. What will you be working on?

62 thoughts on “Re-evaluation completed

  1. I think Alex said it best. I adopted the same attitude last year, when I partook in NaNo. I ended up with two, partially written MG stories, one I'm almost ready to send to my agent. Motivation and results are the key.

  2. I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year so it's good to know you're doing it too. I think that as long as you get some words down, it doesn't really matter how much as long as you're writing.

  3. If you can utilize the synergy of thousands of writers, I say do it! Who cares if you churn out 50K or 10? As for me, November is the WORST month of the year for a writing binge–unless you're considering October as a possibility. Why didn't they pick April or May?

  4. I think that's a great approach. The experience of NaNo has to contribute to what you want to do, not stand in its way. I've just buddied with you on the NaNo site πŸ™‚

  5. I really wish you well, Misha!

    But personally, I'm staying as far away from NaNoMo as possible — I mean, I think it's a wonderful thing if it helps writers write, but I really need to cultivate the discipline within myself to do it without an “extra” motivation. I'm at a place where I really need to stick to writing for me, not for any arbitrary external temporary event.

    But I'm still fully in support of you and whoever attempts it and I wish everyone tremendous success with it.

  6. Good for you, Misha. I'm kind of sad that once again nano has fallen at the wrong time of the year for me. I'm working on revisions before I start drafting again.

  7. Sounds like a good plan, then if one is not going well you always have something else to do. I can only do one thing at a time, so I'll stick with the story I've outlined even if I end up tearing my hair out!

  8. I'm doing the same thing with NaNo this year. I'm letting myself just write without the pressure. I just want to write. Anything! Good luck. (I'm Kalligenia on there, btw!) I'm off to Gwen's and S.K.'s!

  9. I could have sworn I wrote a message – a long one – the other day? I think sometimes I press publish and don't stick around to see if it went through? Anyway, nope – no NaNo this year. I just want some stress free time to focus on what is rather than what will be. But good luck to you. I just read Re-evaluation Completed, and your attitude is a positive one, so all should be good!

  10. Good luck with NaNo! I'm sure you'll do well, especially since you know what your goals are.

    I've always wanted to do NaNo, but November isn't a good month for me. And, honestly, I don't think I could get the kind of word count that everyone's going for. But I love cheering from the sidelines.

  11. Wishing you lots of inspiration during NaNo this November! I tried it a couple years ago and put to much pressure on myself. I really love your approach of adding word count to different WIPs and the idea of using word prompts to generate new ideas. Can't wait to hear about how it goes!

  12. Chris I totally get what you're saying. I actually do similar challenges to myself (in private) throughout the year, since I often want to do much more than 50k's worth of drafting.

    That motivation is definitely necessary, but I figure I have it already, so I might as well have fun with it too. πŸ˜›

    Thanks so much for your support!

  13. Thanks! There's definitely a risk of putting on too much pressure. Usually, when I get the feeling that I won't be able to handle the pressure much longer, I stop and do something else for a few weeks.

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