Camp NaNoWriMo. It's been going on. Sort of. I'm at 14,373 words according to Word. Just a little under what I should have had on the ninth. At a minimum. But I'm not worried. I'm not stressing about it. Why? Because I've just gotten excited again.
I started out pretty strong. 4k on the first day. It gave me padding. It gave me security. Which made me slack off for the next three days. That has started a pattern. No writing, or very little, for a couple days. Then a big, or at least okay, day. That doesn't cut it when you're trying to finish a first draft in 31 days.
So what's the problem? Mostly I blame NCIS (on season seven episode five) (and can you believe my new Chemistry teacher's name is Gibbs? how am I going to deal with that?). But it also has to do with how I've been feeling about my story. Usually knowing my writing is crap during a first draft doesn't bother me, but it is this time. Just a little bit. And it's not only the writing itself. I feel like there is too much transaction and not enough action. I spend too much time describing every detail of how my character is getting there instead of just getting her where she's going.
But that's NaNo for you. I don't have time to fix it. It's a rough draft. That's what I tell myself when I start to think about it. And I'm exactly right. (In case you can't tell, I've been starting a lot of sentences with "and" in my story.)
However, that isn't what's going to push me to the end of this WIP. Especially not before the Camp NaNo deadline. Especially not with the next three seasons of NCIS waiting for me. The excitement I mentioned before is. I hope.
In my mind, the beginning, middle, and end of OBJECTION are clearly cut. I have just finished the beginning. So we all know I am now at the middle. This is where it gets fun. Where I get to experiment. Where I am writing from the POV of a character who is two people in one body. Tonight (2 AM at the mo) when I go to sleep (after watching another NCIS episode or two), I will spend that time before I drift off thinking of how I want to format this. Then when I wake up (hopefully with a firm decision) I will start writing it. And maybe, if I'm lucky, I'll have a 7k day. Which is pretty much what I need to catch up.
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