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So, I have broken one of my cardinal rules for surviving National Novel Writing Month, and today, I'm paying for it. The rule I broke was, "NEVER write a story you care about for NaNo." As some of you know, I had decided to write a sequel to my BigBangHood story during November. I thought that writing fanfic would be easier. I thought that I had momentum that would help me through the month. But this isn't just any fanfic I'm trying to tackle. This is a continuation of a fic that's one of my favorite things I've written EVER. And I care. I care A LOT. I've got 5,000 words or so of it already, but I hate most of them, and I can't write with the calloused, "I don't care, this is just a first draft" attitude that is required for surviving NaNo with one's soul intact and 50,000 words on the page.

So, the way I see it, my options are as follows:

1. Continue to write my fic with the intention of hitting 50,000 words and hope that there's something salvageable at the end of November and that I don't throw up my hands and decide I don't care enough to edit because I'm so burnt out.

2. Say, "forget getting 50,000 words, I'm going to use NaNo to encourage me to write every day, and I'm going to try to write a quality story. Even if it's less than 50,000 words, at least I won't hate everything all the time while I'm writing."

3. Put Guy and Marian on the shelf for a month, come up with a completely original idea for NaNo and try to make up for lost time starting tomorrow. Then, when I'm done with November, I'll be so happy to see the Robin Hood gang again that writing them will be a breeze.

What should I do, f-list? I clearly shouldn't be making decisions for myself right now.

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