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MiniNaNoWriMo - thank God it's over

13.8k words written in November. I did write >200 words per day, but didn't quite make my goal of 15k words.

# of days in November I wanted to write, and did = 12
# of days I didn't want to, but wrote anyway = 16
# of days I literally woke up dreading having to write, but did anyway = 2
# of days I read what I'd written the day before, declared it irredemable shit, and deleted it all = 4
# of fics posted = 3, of which 2 were drabbles

I ended up doing a lot of long-hand writing in my notebook on the train, since I've been busy this month, and that's NOT a good way for me to work. Also, I seem to have trained myself to write in 25 minute chunks, since that's the length of my commute.

I've got a rough draft of a due South story that really isn't working. Scraps of 5 other WIPs. And a partially-written Yuletide fic that I've realized has a key plot point directly contradicted by canon, because I felt pressured to meet my word-count goal and started without properly immersing myself in my source material. Argh.

So yes, I CAN write every day. But why the hell would I want to?


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Dec. 2nd, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
At least you wrote and I bet you feel like you deserve a freaking medal for it!! Sometimes it feels like you're beating your head against that proverbial brick wall. So you do deserve a medal! :D

I know my story has major plot holes and inconsistencies which I kept thinking about as I wrote. I refused to go back and fix though because 1) it would have slowed the process down and 2)that's what December is for. Lol!
Dec. 2nd, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
No doubt--it's one thing to write, but an entirely different thing to end up wasting your own time. There were days I didn't want to write, but instead I wanted to take notes, but I didn't because I had to get in my (admittedly very few) words. I think the best thing to do would be to set up regular writing-related activity time, so that when you're in the mood for it and properly prepared, you can--but otherwise, the time can be for researching and note-taking. That sort of thing's just as important, and leads to feeling content with your work instead of having results you don't feel are worth it.

But still, nothing should be every day, not even writing, that just makes life suck. ^^;

Anyway, you did do really good though! You set higher goals for yourself than I did, that's for sure, and you've got a very busy life yet you still did so much.
Dec. 3rd, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
That's really awesome work - I have been blocked or dealing with RL crap and the story got maybe 8K if that, all month, so 14K is amazing.

Very impressive dedication and willpower, something I lack. As for that last line, though, yes, why every day? If it was a job, sure, but as an avocation, I write more (and better) when my brain is ready to go.
Dec. 6th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
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