Today is the last day to get in those 50k words. As you can see by my word count meter (on the left) I’m not going to make it. It’s not that I haven’t worked every day; it’s that 1700 words a day doesn’t work in my process. I have to take notes, then write. Sometimes I need to brainstorm. Sometimes it’s a trickle, sometimes it’s a torrential downpour.
This blog post by Maggie Stiefvater is a Dear John letter to NaNo. This is exactly how I feel:
You are not a bad concept. You’re a bad concept for me, NaNo. This is why: you make me write crap, NaNo. You make me make bad novel decisions. You take away my ability to brainstorm between chapters. You make me rush through characterization. You make me pack filler in that will only get ripped out later, having taught me nothing about my novel. You make me into a bad writer.
However, to everyone who completed NaNo, to everyone who participated–I applaud you. You wrote and that’s damn fine.