I’ve been writing. Not really gaining ground but holding my own and not falling any further behind.
I’ve written a couple short stories and have started a couple post apocalyptic dystopian type novels. (I can’t really call them “dystopian” because I just can’t seem to write “dark” enough for dystopia. Is there a sub genre called hopeful dystopia? If so, that’s what I seem to be writing.)
And I shared part of one of the novels and am now being urged to finish writing it. I think I’ll need an outline and some background info on that first – I kind of wrote myself into a little more of a plot than originally planned. (Not that it was all that well planned, but still…)
Anyhow, now that I seem to have gotten that out of my system (at least for now) I’m back to the originally planned project for the month. Will I finish it? Oh, hell no. But I am working on it and the words are coming better than they were before the detour.
And I’ve figured out a way to help my word count as well as the story progression.
I can get anywhere from 750 to 1000 words written (by hand) at work on a good night. What I’ve been doing is that if I hand write something at work I type it up when I get home, which is normally okay but since I’m so far behind it’s kind of a waste of writing time. So, for the rest of this month when I hand write stuff I’ll put a date on the top, and leave a space in the Word doc flagged with that date and just keep on writing. I’ll count the words (it’s usually about 250 per page) and just copy and paste that many words from somewhere else into the end of the file. So sort of a weird combo of normal NaNoWriMo and being a Luddite.
But hey, whatever works…
And with this method I won’t worry so much about not being on my computer next Wednesday while I’m away from home waiting for Riley’s surgery. I can just write and count the words.
So, yeah, I have a plan!
And in addition to the plan, I have renewed enthusiasm for my original project.
I call that a win win.
And hopefully a NaNo win.