Actually, I don’t, but that’s my point.
I attempted NaNoWriMo last month. I say attempted, because I failed.
I wrote 6,156 out of a target 50,000 words. So you could say failed, or you could say reallyfuckingspectacularlyfailed.
Whichever, either will do.
My reasons/excuses include:
*Dithering at the start (I initially planned to edit book 1, but then decided to just forge ahead with book 2, by which point it was a week into November already)
*Life in general
*My boyfriend wrecking, sorry updating the computer
*My 3 year old having the nerve to get tonsillitis
*The impending end-of-year yuletide festivities
and most significantly of all
*LACK OF A PLAN
I started writing a book in the summer of last year, and bombed at 40,000 words because I had a plot (and a good one, or so I thought anyway) but no idea what was actually going to happen, you know…on a scene by scene basis.
Then for the book I wrote earlier this year I went to the opposite extreme and totally went into planning overdrive. Then after weeks and weeks of meticulous planning, deep-thinking and LISTS, I managed to write 20,000 words in my first week and the full 73,000 words within 5 months.
So this time, I jumped right in, and quickly realised I can’t swim at this depth yet.
Hence, the NaNo fail.
I’m feeling totally okay about it though. At least now I know that I’m not what is termed a ‘pantser’ (writing by the seat of your pants, aka making it up as you go along, although to a certain extent that is how all writers write isn’t it?!)
So my plan now, is to go back to my original plan of editing book 1 first, and then make an actual plan for book 2.
Plans, plans, plans!
Much needed, as it turns out.