NaNoWriMo Day VIII November 8, 2007Posted by caveblogem in NaNoWriMo, writing.
NaNo is definitely harder this year. It’s not just the fact that they don’t have those cool widgets for your blog that showed the progress you are making from day to day (even though having one again this year would make me feel a little better.)
One problem is that I finished the novel I wrote last year–I have already “won” this thing. So this year my goal was to be a little different. I wanted to write a good novel this year. This conflicts directly with the goal of NaNo, of course. The idea is to write 50,000 words, not the great American Novel. But my goals are not that lofty. I just wanted it to be better than last year’s novel, to be good, and so far, it is not good.
So it is kind of a slog, frankly.
Meeting the goal each day does not seem like such an accomplishment because I sucessfully completed my first novel last November. And I’m also not putting the rest of my life on hold to do this thing, because fear of not completing it is not a motivation either. It is especially not a motivation because I don’t expect the first draft to be very good, because I want the finished product to be really good. I intend to revise it, so this is going to take away some of the pleasure of “finishing” it at the end of the month. Although I will have written 50,000 words, the novel won’t be anywhere near finished.
Yuk, is what I’m saying.