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NaNoWriMo this year sucks :(

Posted November 14th, 2009 at 8:08 PM by Sammi

So, the past three days, I have been at a complete impasse. I think it was several things at once:
  1. Not having enough time to properly write two days ago, when I had planned to originally hit 25k,
  2. The next day, wanting to write in a completely different universe than this one, plus getting interrupted when I did try to write, and
  3. Tonight, realizing that this project hasn't been really fun to write at all, and nothing up ahead excites me.

I think I just didn't think through this project very well. Not at all. Deep down, I want to have it written to reflect on these events for the main story, but... I just can't. It's not sparking my interest at all, even when I was in the mood to write it. The characters are so dull right now, and so are the events. They could get interesting, and perhaps that's what I should focus on, but at the same time, I just don't want to anymore.

Part of the problem, I think I also realized tonight. My sister suggested this: "Blow up the city. Kill a character. Do something different." With this project, I can't. It's a predetermined set of events that I cannot change, unlike the last two years I've done NaNoWriMo.

I only have three choices, as I see it: continue to drag through this project anyway, as hard as it might be; give up, fail NaNoWriMo, and hope that next year will be different; or pick up a different project and hit 50k in fifteen days. I already have something completely crazy in mind, but it'd be fun! I did manage this my first year, but I wasn't doing major catch-up, either. I'd be writing over 3k a day, unless the first few days, I really pounded out the words and created some padding. I've done 3k, like, one day so far.

For the moment, I will give this project one last shot with the craziest dream sequence ever... but who knows what'll happen?
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    Zelda's Avatar
    It must take a lot of thinking to do what you're doing, and I hope it turns out to be okay! I haven't read any of your work, but I'm pretty sure they're interesting.

    Anyways, good luck on the NaNoWriMo. :)
    Posted November 14th, 2009 at 8:52 PM by Zelda Zelda is offline
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    Misheard Whisper's Avatar

    Keep on truckin' with the one you've got going atm, I say. Otherwise, you're just making it twice as hard on yourself, and then some.

    I had the second-week slump, but I just got over it. You'n'me (n'Mario), let's kick some ass, y/y?
    Posted November 14th, 2009 at 8:54 PM by Misheard Whisper Misheard Whisper is offline
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    Sammi's Avatar
    I didn't! That crazy dream actually worked out perfectly! I'm so proud of myself! :'D

    To be honest, as much as I like the idea I have, it can wait until next NaNo/when I feel like writing it after November. I just get in a slump easily. D:
    Posted November 14th, 2009 at 10:00 PM by Sammi Sammi is offline
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    perhaps, it just the pressure of NaNo. perhaps you should just turn any month into a personal NoWriMo. that way it relieves the pressure of competition against anything but the clock. (or you could remove that to and make it NoWriYear XD)

    Good Luck Sam!
    Posted November 14th, 2009 at 10:16 PM by Gerri Shin Gerri Shin is offline
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    Misheard Whisper's Avatar
    NoWriYear sounds interesting. 50,000x12=600,000 words. o_o That's longer than War and Peace!
    Posted November 14th, 2009 at 11:42 PM by Misheard Whisper Misheard Whisper is offline

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