Apparently, my mind is not with writing a novel. Or on one story. I have several stories on my mind, and one of them I’ve been rewriting from different angles. It’s not that I’m unfocused, it’s just that I think several different approaches might work for this story.
On day three, I wrote about 400 words, then days four through six I was out of town for a conference. Needless to say, I wasn’t able to write anything. Once day seven came around, I had become used to not writing, that it stuck. (It’s funny how quickly bad habits stick, but trying to keep good ones is hard to do). Day seven I was at an information session for a graduate program. Day eight, I tried to keep writing in addition to what I had written on day three. By day nine, I couldn’t keep up with the 1667 daily word count, and there wasn’t enough time or brain waves to catch up.
So, it’s not that I’ve “given up” on writing; instead, I’ve focused my time on organizing my loan repayment schedule (it feels great knowing I can’t spend any money from now through infinity), tried to figure out my future and possible graduate programs and careers (I’ve even considered pursuing my dreams of being an Egyptologist from when I was four-years-old), considered rewriting and expanding a research paper I wrote in my final semester of college, and done a bit of autumn cleaning. That’s right, I’ve done all of that in the last two weeks (in addition to working a part-time job, and doing some other research on the side).
As for my NaNoWriMo endeavor for this year, I’m going to try a new approach: write as much as I can, whenever I can, editing comes later when I’m absolutely finished. That sounds cliché and simple, and who knows, I might not ever actually finish if I don’t have a set schedule or time frame. Every week, I’ll set a goal of how many pages to write, and once I’m back in the writing habit, I’ll add more and more pages to the goal. Hopefully this new approach will work better with my work schedules and will result in a better outcome.
Or how about this: I’ll just update this blog more often and use is as a writing habit and practice. The words will flow more easily after.
Happy reading and happy writing to all the remaining, NaNos out there!