The Gray Bunny (graybunny) wrote,
The Gray Bunny

Here it comes, ready or not

I'm participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I've been planning this since spring. I calculate that I need to average 2000 words per day to hit the magic 50,000 mark. If I have a very definite idea of what I want to write, I can crank that out in just a couple of hours. However, based on my experience with "Infrastructure" (which I really do want to continue working on), if I have to make it up as I go along, I'm lucky to get 500 per hour. One of the weaknesses of my normal writing technique is that I'm essentially transcribing a movie that I'm watching in my head. I have to watch it, pull out the significant bits (including whatever I may need to reference in future scenes), and then express it in words.

And yet, here it is, half an hour to T minus Zero, and I don't have a plan. So now the question becomes, can I pull a novel out of my ass?

The answer is, it could happen. I've taken Wild Blue (a webcomic that I've been wanting to do for years, but my drawing skill just isn't up to it) and reworked it. I have a few characters and more who I know have to be there, determined by the setting. I have 80% of a plot. I have a few scenes. It just depends on how much time I can put into it. If I had nothing else to do in November, it wouldn't be a problem. Even at only 500 words an hour, that's still only about four hours a day. The difficulty is that I'm more likely to have only two-ish hours. I've done as much as I can to clear my schedule for November, but I have a lot of standard operations tasks (what the space program called "housekeeping" -- the stuff you have to do constantly just to keep everything working normally) and external obligations that I can't just shut down.

Of course, producing great works of art is not the point of NaNoWriMo, especially in the first draft. Even "winning" -- passing the 50,000 mark -- is somewhat beside the point. The real purpose is an exercise in writing, just getting on your butt and doing it, since that's the only thing that will ever make you better at it. That's what I was trying with "Infrastructure", but I couldn't really get it established as a habit. Maybe NaNoWriMo will help. I've been feeling really creative lately: I want to work on "Infrastructure" more, I have another short story that I'd really like to get back to, I'm looking forward to Wild Blue, and then there's Newtworks.

Makes me tired just thinking about all of it. :/

Anyway, late every day I will be posting here whatever I've written that day.
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