Yes, it’s the halfway point. Well, for me it’s the end of day 16 but, let’s not get all technical on this.
As stated in earlier posts, this is my first year doing the NaNoWriMo challenge and I have to admit that, there was a small part of me that was sure I would have thrown in the towel by now. I tend to lose drive for projects quickly, growing tired of writing a certain story or, find my attention grabbed by something else that just appears to be a lot more exciting to write for.
Don’t get me wrong, I currently have two stories that I am just itching to get started on but, they are short stories and they are only due next year January. I’ve disciplined myself to remain focused on this story for the month of November and there are days where I just want to push this story for the NaNo challenge aside and write for the other stories. But, I sit down and I write my novel and get my daily word goal done. If, after that, I want to write something else, I write it after I’ve achieved my goal. Trust me, this is something that is an achievement for me. I’m a disciplined person, but, that’s usually when it comes to listening to doctor’s orders and that sort of thing. But, when it comes to the creative side…I tend to lack a little.
I will admit that today, I almost did throw in the towel on the work done. I was on about 38 000 words, and most of what I’d written in my word sprint was absolute nonsense, when I realized that I’d actually lost the plot a little and it was all because of one little idea I had that simply was not a good enough reason for that particular character to be after the main character. I was feeling, a lot like this:
Okay so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, or is it? No, it is. I wasn’t there but that’s how it could have gone. I could feel my spirits sinking rapidly into the despair pool and I knew that, if I didn’t act, I’d be giving up, deleting the story, pulling out of the challenge and doing all of this on an impulsive move that I’d later regret.
So, I contacted my friend, Kerry, who is doing the challenge too. I gave her the basics of my problem and asked for her advice and ideas. And boy was I happy I did that.
Her ideas sparked off my own and the wall I’d clearly hit went crashing down and the creative rivers flowed once again. Excitement coursed through me as we threw ideas back and forth and before I knew it the story was saved and even improved!
I actually cannot wait to do editing on the story because I know it’s going to be great the second time around, it’s going to be better.
So, a big thank you goes out to my friend for helping me to get over that hump in my writing road, for helping me break through that wall. And I give myself a pat on the back for acting in a positive manner and going to my friend for advice rather than letting despair get its hooks in me.
Sitting at 39 164 words in total so far and there is still more to write. It’s been a great challenge so far and I can’t wait to see which creative paths I’m taken down for the rest of the November month.
To all those that are partaking in the challenge and feel like giving in, don’t.
You can do this!