ostarella: (NaNo)
I'm beginning to think I'm not "built" for NaNo's writing style. I have been trying to continue with my story, but I keep going back to the first part I wrote and wanting to toss it and start over. I can't just write and keep going. I'm a "fiddler". And I think I've just been writing that way for so long... it drives me nuts knowing that what I've already written isn't going to work with the rest of the story. And I know - it all gets edited afterwards, but I find myself thinking, well, what a waste of time to write it to begin with then. No offense to JFM or all the other writers who can do that - JFM obviously has got that "method" down pat. ;-) But I just don't function that way. I think part of it is the idea of looking at the 50K words as one big chunk of crap to be reworked, instead of doing that "rework" as I go. Already I've changed my mind as to what I want from the story at least four times - and the damn beginning only works with one of those, and then not that well.

So I guess I'm going to drop out - it's not as if I *can't* write a long story, after all.  ;-)  But I have too many other irons in the fire right now, not the least of which is "Covenant", and "Tess", and a shitload of "homefire" issues to attend to. Trying to write in a way that's completely foreign and frustrating to me just makes me not want to write at all - and I don't want to spoil the "fun".

I know the above just sounds like a load of excuses, but I feel much less frustrated and tense just having decided. That in itself tells me I'm making the right choice. "Hard" is one thing - "stress inducing" is another. ;-)
ostarella: (NaNo)
I'm beginning to think I'm not "built" for NaNo's writing style. I have been trying to continue with my story, but I keep going back to the first part I wrote and wanting to toss it and start over. I can't just write and keep going. I'm a "fiddler". And I think I've just been writing that way for so long... it drives me nuts knowing that what I've already written isn't going to work with the rest of the story. And I know - it all gets edited afterwards, but I find myself thinking, well, what a waste of time to write it to begin with then. No offense to JFM or all the other writers who can do that - JFM obviously has got that "method" down pat. ;-) But I just don't function that way. I think part of it is the idea of looking at the 50K words as one big chunk of crap to be reworked, instead of doing that "rework" as I go. Already I've changed my mind as to what I want from the story at least four times - and the damn beginning only works with one of those, and then not that well.

So I guess I'm going to drop out - it's not as if I *can't* write a long story, after all.  ;-)  But I have too many other irons in the fire right now, not the least of which is "Covenant", and "Tess", and a shitload of "homefire" issues to attend to. Trying to write in a way that's completely foreign and frustrating to me just makes me not want to write at all - and I don't want to spoil the "fun".

I know the above just sounds like a load of excuses, but I feel much less frustrated and tense just having decided. That in itself tells me I'm making the right choice. "Hard" is one thing - "stress inducing" is another. ;-)

NanoWriMo

Nov. 1st, 2008 11:44 pm
ostarella: (NaNo)
Well, didn't get to work on this much today. But I did work on it :D  About 1400 words, which isn't bad for less than an hour's work. I blame it on my brother and the weather :p  Can't smoke in the house when he's down, so have to stop and go outside instead of taking a couple relaxing puffs along the way. And of course good weather means outside stuff to do. But he's going home tomorrow afternoon, so will have most of the night to write tomorrow.

But I'm definitely getting a feel for the story now. I know better what it's going to be about and the direction things are going to go. I actually think by the time I get through this month, I might actually have a workable story. Weeks of rewriting, of course, but it might not be as horrid as I thought at first. Still having to stop myself from editing as I go along, and getting rid of contractions so I can get the word count up. Breaking habits of too many years - that's HARD!  :p

Anyway, tomorrow's another day. At least I've actually started, right? Right?  LOL

Only thing is I didn't get to put my count on NaNo - kept timing out so I guess their server must be really busy. Oh well - I'll get it up there eventually ;-)

NanoWriMo

Nov. 1st, 2008 11:44 pm
ostarella: (NaNo)
Well, didn't get to work on this much today. But I did work on it :D  About 1400 words, which isn't bad for less than an hour's work. I blame it on my brother and the weather :p  Can't smoke in the house when he's down, so have to stop and go outside instead of taking a couple relaxing puffs along the way. And of course good weather means outside stuff to do. But he's going home tomorrow afternoon, so will have most of the night to write tomorrow.

But I'm definitely getting a feel for the story now. I know better what it's going to be about and the direction things are going to go. I actually think by the time I get through this month, I might actually have a workable story. Weeks of rewriting, of course, but it might not be as horrid as I thought at first. Still having to stop myself from editing as I go along, and getting rid of contractions so I can get the word count up. Breaking habits of too many years - that's HARD!  :p

Anyway, tomorrow's another day. At least I've actually started, right? Right?  LOL

Only thing is I didn't get to put my count on NaNo - kept timing out so I guess their server must be really busy. Oh well - I'll get it up there eventually ;-)

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