NaNoWriMo 2013 Update #2

So here we are, at the midpoint of NaNoWrimo. By the end of today, I’m supposed to have 26,666 words written.

I have 38,860.

Yup, still on a roll.

Sort of. True to form (and this really does happen to me every year at the middle of the month), I’ve lost my motivation for the first project I was writing, and every time I try to keep going with it, it just feels like I’m trying too hard. I feel like I’m writing just to get words out, not to tell a story, and when that point comes, I take it as a sign to move on.

I tried. I really did try. But my attention just got captured by a different project.

One that I tried to work on during a previous NaNo, actually, and one that I thought would work but ultimately didn’t. The premise is sound, I think, but the execution was bad, and it needed a makeover. So I let it simmer in my brain for a while (a couple of years, but who’s counting?), and slowly it’s reformed itself into something I think will be a lot better this time around.

So I’ve switched projects. It was inevitable. I need to stop feeling guilt and just move on. After all, don’t many professional writers say that the best thing to do for getting over a project slump is to move on to something else for a while, to write something different and give yourself a little mental break so that the creative juices can start flowing naturally again? I’m just taking professional advice!

…That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

3 comments on “NaNoWriMo 2013 Update #2

  1. Since so many romance novels I’ve read have a sex scene at about the 50% mark, I wonder if romance novelists have the same problems with mid-book slump.

    I haven’t done Nano anywhere near as many times as you–three attempts, and what looks to be a second success–but have had the exact same slumps on all attempts. Every single one. Wasn’t able to press through on the second one.

    This time around, I’ve decided to keep going regardless of whether the current scene feels tedious to write. It’s possible that it’ll prove more interesting than it seems after a mental break. And if not, if it truly is just as boring as it seems, it can be reworked, eliminated, tension or thread-weaving done in a different way or through writing a whole different scene.

  2. I feel like the important thing is that you’re writing and working on projects. It’s normal to switch back and forth once in a while, just to help yourself from burning out on a novel and falling into frustration or writer’s block. Most of the time, I find that if I take a break from one project and work on another for a short while, I’m much more motivated and willing to work on each of them. So don’t feel guilty!

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