Every time I feel like things are settling down this year, something else happens to throw blogging to the bottom of my list. Health changes, job changes, moving out, camping some nights in a colleagues empty living room, moving in, ordering furniture, commuting, more health stuff, job changes, family stuff, wedding planning… It’s been an interesting year.
In 2014, I wrote 150,000 words of short stories and novels. One of those was accepted for publication. This year I’ve only just scraped 50,000 words of short stories and novels. I’ve had some successes, but I’m behind by 2 months on my Four-Month Cycle for this year, and I need to succeed – to have something to show for this year’s trials.
I’m not expecting to finish a second novel by December 31st, nor shall I beat myself up if I fail NaNoWriMo this year. But I want to push myself to reach my aim of 100,000 words this year. I want to break past the 30,000 word stage of this new project, because the 20-30k stretch is where I often give up. No matter what life throws my way, I need to prove to myself I can still be producing novel drafts.
And to help me with this, I’m returning to my old friend: my lesson in motivation, National Novel Writing Month. I’ve spent around a month and a half percolating this idea, gathering momentum and I’ve already written the first scene.
My goal is mostly to pass the 30k mark on the manuscript. Ideally, I’d just reach 50k by Nov 30th for a little esteem boost. But that’s a bonus.
Most years I have struggled to meet the deadline. Yet, in 2012, between University and my first job, I wrote over 80,000 words in just 27 days. So I know I can do this.
Time will tell.