I started strong, really strong. While I got behind early in Pedigree, I maintained par in my second story and eventually got caught up here. Alas, life had different plans.
I say life, but I was unable to balance my attention between family business and writing. I don’t talk about my writing with family. I don’t want them involved. But my attention and energy went elsewhere and without having good boundaries established, I fell behind.
Basically, every free moment I found, I filled with nothing. They call that “self-care” now. And while my brain probably needed that break, I would have liked to have kept pace with my writing.
I’ve never won NaNo, for various reasons, so I’m not really disappointed. I’m going to write at least 1K a day in each project (it’s now four with my two Vella stories – Wound, and another starting soon (I think I see my problem)) and I will be publishing early next year once book 3 in Pedigree’s series is written.
Thanks for reading this far, and if you’d like to sample my writing, you can read the first three episodes of Wound for free on Kindle Vella. I’d love your feedback.
I have tried and failed at Nanowrimo for years and that’s fine. So this year, I’m not setting myself up for failure by going all in at the beginning, swept away by the frenetic pace of thousands of people eager to get their words down. Instead, I’m planning out a steady and less chaotic schedule of writing, focusing on two different projects. Letting the excitement and camaraderie be the lo-fi playlist that motivates me, I’m hoping that I can approach Nanowrimo this year in a more leisurely and (mentally) healthier space.
Also, I’m kinda gonna do it in October.
See I’ve got other pen names (just as non-productive as this one) and there is one novel that I want to churn out in November, but it’s not for Betty. Betty has to work on her Kindle Vella serial, WOUND: Thirst, and the haunted clock anthology, Striking Thirteen, that she’s been tinkering with like an old watchmaker. So this October the serial gets revised (re-vamped – AHAHAHAHA) and the anthology gets drafted.
The timing is terrible since the anthology won’t be out until next year at the earliest. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
As for my boys, Baron and Sykes, and The Shape of Us, I’m outlining their first mystery and will probably work on that in November, but not on the Nanowrimo clock. I hope to have that ready to go before Christmas. I have two bonus stories that I’ll be giving away – how they met and their first Christmas. Just thinking about them makes me smile. So much fluff!
Anyway, recalibration complete. I’ve created a new schedule that hopefully adjusts to my life and takes my idiosyncrasies into account. My main goal is never to write another “I’m abandoning this project” post again.
NOTE: I’ll be updating my Patreon soon and while I have no patrons right now (totally cool), if it’s something you might be interested in, what kind of things do you look for as patron-exclusives? Just curious.