#FirstDraft60? I Think We Need MORE TIME. #amwriting #nanowrimo
If you haven’t been able to tell, due to the lack of interactivity here (and the lack of a THORsday post), things have been . . . stressful this week. Between health issues (mine, family members’) and, well, all of the other stuff happening in the world this week, I’ve been completely unable to focus and haven’t written a word since Monday.
This afternoon, Carol and I got together for our weekly writing session—and neither of us could concentrate. (And then things got a little crazy—thanks for putting up with me, Carol. I really needed that laugh!) Both of us agreed that trying to get a first draft finished by the end of November isn’t going to happen. But neither of us wants to give up, either.
Therefore, I’m pleased to introduce you to . . .
We’re extending our deadline for a complete first draft to January 31, 2017!
I know a lot of us fell behind with the prep work in October; and, although we were excited to start writing on November 1, we may not have actually been ready to do the kind of heavy-duty writing that completing a draft in 30 days requires.
At this point, looking at the days piling up on which I haven’t met my writing goal (and on which I haven’t written at all), it would be so easy to quit. To tell myself that I’ve written all the books I had in me and should just give up. Just stop writing.
But I’m not going to do that. I owe it to myself not to do that.
By extending the deadline to January 31, it not only gives us a chance to write at a more comfortable speed, but it also gives us a chance to build in days off, or to have time to make up for when we miss a day or two due to extenuating circumstances.
And it means we have time to go back and do some of that prep work we might not have finished by October 31. Especially now that we do have a little bit written and we may know more about our characters and/or plot than we did and can go back and restructure, do research, write backstories for new characters, etc.
I hope you’ll continue along—or, if you’re just now finding this, join in by going back and reviewing the prep-work posts from October and then jumping in with your goals and progress.
Assignment: If you’re in, check in with your progress to date and then a re-calculation of your daily/weekly/monthly/total word-count goals with January 31 as the final date for the challenge. (November 11–January 31 is 82 days.)
Let’s do this!
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