… so I will! I’ve topped 32,000. This quite boggles my mind. Not to toot my own horn too much — or maybe I will. The thing is, this is unheard of for me. Even if I quit today, I would be far, far ahead from the brief stories I’ve written in the past. Oh, I did write a fan fiction story that had about 46 chapters, but they were very short chapters, and it took me a year and a half almost!
So this is a Big Deal for me. Because I am bipolar, I am notorious for starting things but not finishing them. This past weekend I did have problems. I got bogged down, or bored, or something. I just felt I wasn’t interested anymore. But I pushed myself through, making use of some tips they gave on the NaNo website. For example, if you run out of things to write, do something like interviewing your characters or describing one of the locations. One of the cool parts (to me, at least) in my story is when a character reads a book that explains how everything changed from Now until Then. For example, it explains why the former United States is now broken into pieces. I’m not saying this is the best way to write. But it is an easy way to write, then later, I can go back and try to incorporate some of that information as flashbacks or other “show” instead of “tell” passages.
The writer who wrote this week’s pep talk said she’s won NaNoWriMo three years (winning means reaching 50K words) and published all three of the novels! But, she pointed out, not until about the 20th version! The point is, you will have to edit anyway. No one can write without editing — except possibly Isaac Asimov. But not on his novels.
So I am here to say…
IN YOUR FACE, BIPOLAR!!!!!