Week one was nice, my official count is up to well over 17,000 words. The first ten chapters are completed, chapter 11 is under way and the last two chapters are under construction.
Going into week two, I feel as if I have hit a road block. First, NaNoWriMo is a time to turn off your inner editor and just write. Well guess what? My inner freaking editor doesn’t have a shut off valve!!! I have this nasty habit of editing as I go and do it without realizing. Second, I chapter nine was good, ten ok and eleven is feeling like total crap. Chrissy, my MC, is off in a corner falling apart and Drake (L.I.) is hiding in his coffin. Villian #1, Sasha, is up to something but not too forthcoming, and villain #2 (Ben) has gone off the reservation.
This always happens, the closer I get to the middle it’s like my brain decides to melt and I have to shift stories. At least until this jar of juice refills. However if I switch stories during November, I feel as if I am cheating on my story and wasting time I could be spending on the month’s progress. So what the heck do I do? Put it on the back burner to avoid crappy writing? Or keep going and screw up my book? Yes I could keep going, and somehow, something good could come out of it. But at the same time I could screw myself over by thinking something I wrote while half asleep at four in the morning on no sleep, is a great idea. Or I could put it aside for a bit and possibly not finish my goal.
Honestly I don’t see why we couldn’t be able to have the choice to focus on two or more novels in a month. We could up the word goal 50K (or something) for each novel we plan on undertaking. I mean I can’t be the only one that burns out on one story at some point in the month am I?
Am I really the only one that burns out when focusing on just one story at a time? Does that make me a bad author for wanting needing to focus on more than one piece at a time or am I just insane?