Okay I have to admit it, NaNoWriMo is kicking my butt. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of writing a novel, have a plan in place and have written approximately five chapters so far that I believe are an excellent start. My problem is staying on track and not swaying from the path. I started strong and was highly excited about writing a novel in a month, but now halfway through the month I’m nowhere near halfway to 50,000 words.
Not to make any excuses, but when I’m able to get time to actually write for my story I only write a paragraph or two and then start drifting. I start thinking about the progress of the story and what I want to do with it later on. How do I get to these later parts of the story if I don’t write the beginning and middle sections first?
Along with this I’ve been keeping up with several challenges and writing prompts. These are all fun, quick ways to tell a short story and have some fun with writing, but now I’m starting to wonder if a short, quick read is all I am good for. Of course I know I haven’t failed yet. There are still have a couple weeks left and I could hit a flow and write thousands of words in just a few hours. I know this is still possible.
There have been a couple posts I’ve read where bloggers have said they are already past the 50000 word mark and I’m extremely happy for them, but at the same time a little pissed they have to go and brag about it for me to see. I start thinking “Wow, writing a novel is tough” then I see one of these posts and think “If they are able to do it, then I should be able to.”
So how do I get my creative juices flowing and keep my mind concentrating on my story. It would be a great feat for me to finish this month and “Win” NaNoWriMo, but even if that doesn’t happen I plan to finish the story. Maybe I’m just not a one month novel writer or maybe just not yet. I haven’t given up, but I’m not as confident as I once was. I’m off now to do a little more writing.
Thank you for reading and listening to my ramblings. Please send me a little luck if you have any extra to give.