corrielle: (GuyMarian)
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.
corrielle: (GuyMarian)
With a great deal of pacing and some serious marathon typing sessions, I finished my fic draft on Sunday. (I think I started typing around 10 AM and finished around 6 PM.) I had taken Saturday off to go to the annual pirate faire that’s within driving distance of my house, and Friday night we had some guests over (which was a whole load of fun…), so I didn’t get to work on it then. So… Sunday was it. I think I wrote upwards of 3,000 words that day, and when I was done I ran around the house telling everyone who would listen to me that I had finished, and then I promptly went to do anything other than stare at a computer screen for a while before I got down to grading the twenty essays I still had lying around that needed to be looked at before 7:30 Monday morning.

I know I have some work to do on my draft, but on the whole I’m very happy. I’ve learned (or been reminded of) quite a bit about myself as a writer as I’ve gone through this process. And because I internalize by writing, here’s my list. (I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging here… I’m just astonished that any of this worked at all, and I’m trying to figure out exactly what I did for the future.)

What I learned from writing my BigBangHood fic )

I can't wait to read what everyone else on the challenge came up with, and to see the artwork! I've never participated in something this BIG before, and the idea of having such an influx of long work into the fandom makes me ridiculously happy.

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