So, NaNo is kaput. I just couldn’t get myself working on it over the weekend. I fell into a bit of melancholy Friday and it lingered. What we did do over the weekend was get a new GURPS campaign going, just me and Eric. I hope it will last a while. I’m excited. I believe Eric is excited. It’s been a while since we’ve had an every weekend campaign. I guess gaming might seem trivial in light of writing, but it’s an absence that’s really been felt lately.
And then there is the rewrite factor. Layers added. Bits subtracted. We don’t do a ‘first’ draft, getting an inferior version of the story down, quick and dirty. We don’t outline, blocking out a story and making all of it fit the structure. We write and the first scenes, the first 20K, gets Eric thinking about how we’ve started, where it’s going, what the story will need. And then the changes start. Everything already written is fair game. It’s scary. It’s its own brand of messy.
Well, at least that’s how the last book was, and so far this one. *shrug*
What I want to continue doing is writing with some discipline, a good number of words per day. I’ve started a new way of logging things that need to be changed. I write them on 3x5s and sort through what needs to be done. Toss those cards when the changes are done. We’ll see how long that works.
So. I’ve done 500 words today, and I need to do some chapter juggling and then see where I get writing.
I got rid of the Halloween decor and put up some Christmas stuff. (I want a new tree!) I need to do the two loads of laundry that have been sitting since…well, too long.
That’s the plan from now until Eric gets home.
Edit: Chapters juggled, scene chopped. I’m now at -585 words for the day. Yay!