God, it’s been so hard to blog lately… but then again, we all have our highs and lows. I really need to come up with a schedule and batch-write. But talk is cheap.
This is going to be another quick update on NaNoWriMo and such. I’ve been following social media when it comes to this month-long novel-writing thing, and though it’s great to see a community built around this challenging endeavor (it definitely makes it more fun) it got me thinking: is NaNoWriMo worth it?
More than anything, it’s just a challenge, like doing a 30-day ab challenge. It’s not sustainable, but it’s a fun way to do a lot in a short amount of time. But how many people actually complete a whole novel in that time? A quick Google search shows, well, maybe somewhere around 15%. Which makes sense, when you think about it–life is busy, and it’s a lot of work to write that many words in that little time. So this isn’t a diss on anyone who doesn’t finish (myself included). In fact, this is a case for not finishing.
I’m sure it’s extremely satisfying to reach that 50,000 mark, or whatever word count you’ve set for yourself. I’d love to do it from scratch one day. But I definitely think there’s something to be said for going into NaNoWriMo prepared to fail–with the attitude, “I’m going to write as much as possible and see what happens.” Maybe I just have low standards, but really, I’ve been having fun with it. It’s less pressure, and even though I can’t necessarily relate to the posts I see about being braindead or stressed out (which is a weird thing to want to relate to, but I’ve been to college–I understand the appeal), I don’t think anybody cares. It’s just fun, and that’s all.
So where am I right now? First, a word count: 52,571. But don’t get too outraged. I started at 38,000-ish, so I’ve got 14,500-ish of new material. Not bad, but if I were doing traditional NaNoWriMo, not good, either. However, I have met my first goal: I’ve finished a 75% finished manuscript. Now I’m editing it, which I probably shouldn’t do so soon, but there are definitely some scenes that need fixing/adding to.
What’s it about, you (meaning no one) asks? It’s an origin story for The Nutcracker. Yes, the ballet (based on a short story, in case you didn’t know). The music is some of my favorite ever, and I go see the ballet every year I can, whether it’s an amateur ballet company or not. (Just like most cities, mine has its own ballet, but it costs a pretty penny–I got to go to a matinee show last year, though! It was fantastic.) I also grew up with Barbie in the Nutcracker, which remains an old favorite to this day. (It really isn’t that bad for a Barbie movie.) So, all source material considered, I thought it would be an interesting fairytale to take on. And it was. It’s been a blast–I’ve loved reimagining it. And before you (don’t) ask–no, it’s nothing like Nutcracker and the Four Realms, thank God. But I liked that movie!
Goal #1 down. Goal #2: edit an existing, full manuscript.
How are your projects going? Doesn’t have to be NaNoWriMo-related!