YOUR GIRL, ME, SAID SHE WAS GONNA POST DAILY UPDATES.
IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THAT SPECTACULARLY DID NOT HAPPEN.
I know, I know I deserve to be drawn and quartered. But I had no idea that when I got into NaNo, I GOT INTO NANO.
Honesty hour: I’ve never won. This is my fourth year participating, and it’s the best I’ve ever done. It’s just turned midnight, technically making this Day 22 at the time of writing this, and I’m currently at 38,450 words–over three thousand words ahead of schedule! (Except it’s past midnight now, so I’m technically less than that. But I havent written today, so fear not!) I plan on getting to 40k today, which will bring me back up ahead.
This story has been beastly fun to write, but there have been some bumps in the road. I’ve had a lot of days where I was out all day long, or where I had other writing obligations (editing my previous WIP!). I was literally up till 6 AM yesterday working on stuff that WASN’T NANO. But it was good stuff, so it’s not like I’m complaining, just that I’ve been thrown off schedule A LOT but I’m still managing to be ahead of the game??
It’s so unlike me, I KNOW if you told me what my output for November would be, I would have never believed you. Which brings me back to daily posts–see, I thought blogging was going to be my way of procrastinating. But here’s the kicker: I haven’t been procrastinating at all. To be honest, it’s way better this way. No posts for an empty blog, but a nearly-completed manuscript that will be ready for edits, polishing, and querying by my deadline of April 1st? GURL. This is way better. Who knew that could I work so well when I have a deadline! (In case you couldn’t tell, I’m still real shook about this.)
Plus–Melancholia is just a breeze of a book to write. Holly is such an easy MC, especially considering the antisocial jerks I usually write. This book was only plotted through the first 20%, with some plot beats for the middle and end in the abstract. I write really well with an overly-detailed outline, I’ve realized, so that’s definitely going to become a big part of my pre-writing process.
Usually I just sketch out plot points–a clear beginning with inciting incident, a fuzzy middle with a pretty basic shifting point, and a big finale, precluded by an “all hope is lost” moment. But it’s those little in-between moments, where you go from writing a big plot beat to writing the set-up for them, that I get really frustrated and lost. Having those figured out, too, saves MY ASS from a lot of tearful agony. Trust me, I have cried too many times trying to figure out how I will get my characters into position for the midpoint turn.
I’m learning from this NaNo that preparation, for me, is absolutely key. Preparation, holding myself to a deadline, and straight-up being fed-up serves me really well.
That, and this book has a pretty fabulous playlist.