Current word count: 12, 219 words
I promised myself I'd have updates on NaNoWriMo so here's mine: I started off strong and now I have stopped.
The first week I was keeping pace, then life got in the way. I haven't looked at my story in a week. At first I was really upset by this, and was thinking of abandoning the whole thing, but really that's not what I want to do. Rationally, people have terrible weeks where the world throws absolutely everything at them, but this is not a valid reason to stop trying. I'm not sure whether I am going to get to 50,000 words but if I can get to at least 30,000 I am going to be extremely proud of myself. I am hoping to get back into it this weekend and just let myself write.
I have really enjoyed working on this new story, though I feel like I am not quite sure where it's going. The thing about NaNoWriMo is that it forces you to actually write everything down and then just leave it. This is one of my weaknesses as I love to edit. I am learning the value in just getting everything down and tweaking it later. The first draft is just that, a first draft. I keep telling myself that really all I need to do is just get it down.
The biggest challenge about this story is that I have no plan, so it could go absolutely anywhere. I have a storyline that I am (kinda) following in my head, but to be honest I am finding it hard to hit these markers, as my characters just keep going and they take me on these really different paths. This is scary, but exciting too. When I was writing Celeste, I was amazed by the way my characters took over my narrative. They start out as simple creations, but as the story develops, they really do become their own entities. Your characters get under your skin, in the best kind of way.
A friend at work lent me The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron to read. I've only just started but I believe it's going to be beneficial, not just from NaNo, but for my life in general. Lockie has been telling me to read this for years, and luckily having a friend lend me the book has given me the push to do so. Recently, I have also been inspired by Hamilton the Broadway Musical after Sophie played it for us on the way back home from her hen's weekend. She's been telling me to listen to it for the past six months, and I was automatically a fan. It's so intelligent and interesting that I have already downloaded the biography it was based on to my Kindle. Now I have a book that is urging me to let the creativity flow and a killer soundtrack to write to; I think the world is telling me it's time to get back on the bandwagon and to get off Twitter.
Wish me luck!