Way back in the 12, I did my first NaNoWriMo. The lovely Mrs. Portmandia had been writing and I decided to join her in the attempt to write a book in 30 days. I hadn’t written anything longer than a blog post in 20 years, but I wrote a 50k word manuscript that didn’t completely suck. It might never see the light of day, but writing that manuscript rekindled my desire to write. So I did it again this last November. I wrote 50k words and I’ve been on a bit of a writing hangover ever since.
The thing about NaNoWriMo for me is that it wrings me dry. I can muster the discipline to write every day for a month, but as soon as I am done I am truly done. The thought of touching the keyboard has been anathema for the last six weeks or so. This blog post is my first attempt at reestablishing some writerly momentum again. I’ve been neglecting both of my blogs and it’s time to get to the posting.
The other problem is that i didn’t finish my book. I wrote my 50k words back in November, but I didn’t actually get to the end. I’m about two-thirds of the way through the second story arc. Based on what I’ve written so far, I have about another 40k words before I get to the end. Then again, I might be wrong on that. This book is very different from the fairly linear stories that I’ve written before. The other complication is that I didn’t do much of any outlining before I started, so I had to completely pants this one. It has definitely made this more of an adventure.
So, yeah. Now I need to write another pile of words to finish the draft. Then I’ll need to write them all together, weaving the three arcs together and rewriting as necessary to make it less ugly. Another exciting adventure in writing for my amateur skills. Hopefully writing about writing will help me get back to work on the work of actually writing. Maybe someday I’ll even want someone else to read it. Stranger things have happened.