At the moment NaNoWriMo has completely filled my head. No matter what I’m working on, in the back of my mind, I’m considering the various aspects of my planned November novel and dreaming up scenes or plot twists that will help me navigate my way through this story to end with a well developed novel draft.
It’s more than a little distracting for my other projects, namely my current Work in Progress which I am struggling to complete. I’ve discovered that I’ve added around 15,000 words since my original 50,000 in November 2011. Those extra 15,000 were not easy words, certainly not in the beginning of the year, and it’s only been in the last couple of months that I have really been able to move forward on the plot. I desperately want to get this narrative finished before beginning the new one in November: that way, in 2013, I can focus on editing that one whilst finishing the NaNoWriMo attempt (because while I have faith that I can reach 50k again, I’m not sure if my story can be told so quickly!).
But the wait is wearing me out. I’m excited about the November novel, the more I work on it and discover my characters and surprise myself with intriguing plot twists and occurrences, the more I want to write it. I don’t feel I can wait until November! I’m hoping this is a good thing: that it will allow me to speed ahead in the first few days of the challenge and create a frantic momentum where I just cannot stop telling this story that has been hidden away within me for so long. I certainly don’t want to hit a snag half-way though – which is what I am wary of. Thus, I’m trying to plan as much as possible.
I’m aware of the issues with planning so meticulously – of characters not behaving as directed, of environments morphing into new planes of existence and events happening randomly that can cause mishaps and alter the course of the history that you thought you had written. Still, isn’t that exciting? A part of me is thrilled with the prospect of the unimaginable: of the story taking over me and using my mind as a conduit for exploration and expansion. Isn’t that the joy of writing?
But, I need patience. I need to nurture my creativity and re-focus it in order to complete things as yet unfinished. by November I want to be able to put the current novel aside knowing that this story has been recorded, lest old characters reappear to haunt me during my scramble to 50,000 words of a new work. I suspect it isn’t going to be easy: to work on the old whilst keeping a flame lit for the new; but it could, potentially, be worth it. By the end of 2013 I might have two possible novels written to boast of (and edit)!