Today, I put off doing NaNo.
Yes, today I had 2,000 words to write.
No, I didn’t feel like doing it.
I’ve never hit the second week blues before. Other NaNoWriMos talk about them. But I’ve never actually been there. Until yesterday, when I paid them a visit. It’s a horrible, lonely place to be.
What happened yesterday? I wrote drivel. Absolute drivel. Too fast. Too staccato. Too desperate to move the action on.
Today I sat down again and opened up Scrivener, ignored all the usual advice about not re-reading, and took a look at what I wrote yesterday.
And discovered something.
It’s not bad. Not bad at all. In fact it’s pretty good.
Pacey. Urgent. Exciting.
Yes, of course the prose needs some serious editing.
- I’ve used ‘suddenly’ several times, and that’s one of my never-words.
- And I’ve used the word ‘then’ in places, as a way of moving the action on – another no-no.
- And I started far too many sentences with the word ‘And’!
But, given that it is a rough first draft with no revisions whatsoever, it really wasn’t bad. And so, just like that, I’ve left the blues behind.
Now, if you’ll just excuse me, I’ve got 2,000 words to write before dinner…