It’s official – we’re at the half way point of NaNoWriMo!
I’ve had some successes as well as some setbacks this week, but overall Week 2 was characterized by a feeling of grim acceptance. Isn’t that cheerful?
From my time in the NaNoWriMo online forums I can tell that many people see Week 2 as the most difficult. The shine of this endeavor has thoroughly worn off and it’s a push to keep momentum. I can agree with this completely. A few key things have helped me stick with it.
1. Telling everyone I know (mostly because I want them reading the blog posts)
My colleagues @socialeccentric and @dmckeirnan have taken the keenest interest in my progress thus far (honourable mention to @ncoshea, a fellow UBC member). They’ve been very vocal about the fact that I should attempt to become published and – irrespective of my protests – started brainstorming avenues for this to happen. I appreciate their enthusiasm greatly.
2. Doing Word Wars with (the famous) @Woodsay1121
Our best-of-seven series is once again tied at 2-2. Tomorrow is the beginning of Word War 5 – also known as the beginning of my journey to victory.
3. Being able to (finally) define what my book is about
Until a few days ago, “Oh you’re writing a novel – what is it about?” had replaced “What do you want to do with your degree?” as the jerkiest question ask-able. Now, I have the ability to say, “It’s a multi-perspective novel based on a central theme of the false conclusions we make about strangers during our multiple, brief, daily interactions.” Sounds impressive, right? I even have a synopsis:
In The City everything seems the same. Days and people and places and events all blur and bend into one long existence. At least that’s how it feels when you spend your life in a continuous forward trajectory – what’s next, what’s coming, and where do you have to be? Like sharks we move or we die.
But everything has a price, and living in The City has its own. If we’re always moving, what are we missing? The better question is – who? Perspective is everything – especially when we don’t stop to look.
This is what’s known as a breakthrough.
The further into November we get, the more I realize that my being behind right now should not be at all surprising. My work pattern has always been to reflect on ideas at length and do most of the tangible work in a condensed period of time. That being said, my main setback is that I’m still far from where I ‘should’ be. I’m making a good effort to put aside ‘should’s’ and it’s made this process more enjoyable.
Considering the (im)balance of my pros-and-cons list from Week 2 I feel pretty good about my progress. ‘Acceptance’ may be fairly bleak but it’s a step forward from ‘Anger’ in Week 1.
…Apparently, I’m moving through the Kübler-Ross Model at an impressive pace. (That one’s for you, psych junkies).
So the only question left is what’s beyond ‘Acceptance’? I guess we find out in Week 3.
www.nanowrimo.org (Erin Chezick)