When I first won NaNoWriMo I found that I worked best in bursts. At the time, I didn’t think much of it, I thought that I just couldn’t keep up with the demand of nearly 2000 words a day for a month.
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been tracking the days that I work on my novel with stickers on a calendar. I’ve noticed a pattern of working on it for a few days, then going a week or more with nothing, then working on it another few days to a week, and so on. It’s only early March but I think this is just how I write.
In much of the writing advice out there, so often you’re told to write every day. That’s just not possible for me. I cannot write every day, if I did I’d have no time for anything else. Usually those week long breaks between working on my own story are devoted to reading other people’s stories. I alternate between reading books, and writing one. There are not enough hours in the day for me to be able to do both at the same time.
That said, I have been making steady progress. I’ve recently passed the 40,000 word mark, and have written 9 full chapters. There’s going to be a LOT of room for improvement in revisions, but I’m feeling positive about it. Looking at the rest of my note cards, I’m guessing that I’ll have another 12 chapters left to write, and about 60,000 words more to go.
I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the year, but I’m not tracking word count, or holding myself to any sort of goals or targets. I’m simply just ready to get this first draft finished, and then start working on something else.
Something completely different. A new world, new people, something fresh and exciting. I’ve been living in this world for 3.5 years, it’s time for a break. That way, I can tackle revisions with new eyes to make it better. I truly want this to be the best I can make it, and for now, that means slowly plodding along to a steady beat until it’s finished. Then maybe I can look at this story as something fresh and exciting.