I fully intended to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I wrote a synopsis and I outlined the entire book and I wrote like crazy for about a week. And then life got in the way. And really, I’m kind of glad. I think back over the work I did and know that the book I was writing is not a book I would ever be proud of. I love the first couple of chapters, but after that, it really just falls apart.
And I’m cool with that. Not everything is going to work.
Part of the reason life got in the way this month is that I was trying to do too much. So like me. Always the over-achiever. Throughout the month I stressed myself out with editing Twenty-Five and querying, plus writing for NANO, plus trying to figure out what I’m going to do come January first when I don’t have a job anymore (yes, I officially quit the hair salon, I put in my notice), plus trying to train someone new to pick up some of the shifts I’m leaving behind. Yeah… I’ve been busy.
So I’m glad December is almost here. Even though December brings a whole new round of stressors (hello my other company has 3 weddings in December!!!), I think I’m more prepared to handle them now. I hope so.
I’ve started a new book. One that I think better suits me as a “writer” and I’ll be writing that in December. I don’t intend to stress myself out over word count. I want to write something I can be proud of when I’m finished with the first draft so that I actually want to edit it and create a second!
I’m putting Twenty-Five on a back-burner for now. I need time to fall in love with my characters again so that the next time I look at my manuscript I don’t kill them off in a fit of panic and fury. Or something worse. Like tossing my handwritten first draft into a fireplace. I know I have it all typed on a computer, but I think it would be like burning my own heart to toss the first pages containing my characters into a fire.
So anyways, that’s what’s going on with me. How about you?