When it gets to be Day 5 of NaNo, and you’ve written barely 300 words, and each of those words was pulling teeth, and there is just no enthusiasm for writing the story you’ve chosen for NaNo or anything of the sort, it’s time to re-evaluate what is going on.
I did my thinking, and re-thinking, and have decided to do something I never thought I would do.
I’m not doing NaNo.
At least, not officially. And not in its entirety. I might try for a Half-NaNo, and 25K words written instead of 50K. What I’m thinking about doing, though, is taking any time I do feel like writing and using it for some re-vamping of the steampunk story I’d been working on earlier this year. That story has a lot of things that need to be done to make it good. It needs more steampunk, more romance, and more vampires. It needs more meat to it. It has a good foundation, I think, but not enough built upon it.
And the important thing? It has my interest, unlike the other things I’ve been trying to do lately.
So. No more NaNo2010 posts from me. I will cheer on those of you participating, though. (I’m still planning on NaNo2011. We’ll see how that works out.) But hopefully I’ll start getting to the point where I’m excited to write other things again. If I’m not trying to force myself to do something, I have hopes that I’ll start wanting to do it again.
In the meantime, I’ve got my pom-poms out.