Monday, November 29, 2010

Suckage Free November

As November is drawing to a close, I'm faced with a surprising emotion.


Yeah, I'm jealous of the NaNoers. I'm jealous of all of you who now have a shiny new draft to play with. Because here I am, still tinkering with the same old thing. I'm a little sick of it, to tell you the truth, and I wish I had something new to work on.

However, I am glad I didn't do it. NaNo, that is. I'm glad I kept my focus on my WIP.

I wanted to NaNo. I sat down on November 1st and typed up about 1,000 words of the SNI that's been floating around in my head. I have the whole thing plotted and planned in the ol' noggin, but as soon as I sat down and tried to put it out there, it sucked.

And I know that's the spirit of NaNo...write whatever you want and don't worry about sucking! You can fix it later!

But I don't want this one to suck. I want it to be good. And even though I know I could have fixed it later, I looked at that first 1,000 words and thought this isn't my story.

(Because it sucked.)

So, even though I'm jealous of those of you with new stories to play with, I have to accept the fact that it's not my SNI's time yet. I still need to give my current ms all the love I can give it, so when it comes time for me to put finger to keys, I can make it as good as it needs to be.

(Because, let's be honest, I'm still cleaning up the suckage of NaNo '08 over here. I can't start off THAT crappy will take years to fix!)

So, who did NaNo? Did you finish? (Or will you?) If you didn't, did you still accomplish something this month? I hope so.


  1. I did NaNo for the first time and it was fun, I wrote more than 50K and I have yet for finish the story. My "suckage" would be to fix the chronology of all the events, because like you said, you just write and don't look back. It was a good practice for me. :)
    if you are curious about the journey you can read my LJ blog. the link is on top of my current blog.

  2. I wanted to do NaNo and even signed up. The first night I wrote about 1800 words. That was it. I never wrote another word or even looked at it again. Instead, I took a midterm, worked on several group projects, and got a 2nd job. So this month just wasn't very good timing for me. I'm hoping to work on it over winter break. Even though I still have to work, at least I don't have school.

  3. You have to do what works for you and right now, NaNo wasn't right. :)

  4. Yeah, I kind of did the same thing--I MEANT to add 50K words to one of my WIPs, but instead, I spent most of November working on SPITFIRE. And that was a good thing.

    But I'm also an entsie bit jealous of everyone that DID do Nano--because I totally love Nano.