Best Laid Plans: November 2012 (In Retrospect)

November plans:

  • Write most days (something, anything). <— FAILED
  • Daily word count goal 1667. <— FAILED
  • Current project: Undertow. <— FAILED

NaNoWriMo is a thing I do every year to jump-start me into writing again because otherwise I just kind of don’t as much as I feel like I should. And since writing helps me feel more stable and sane, it seems like the sort of thing I should be at least attempting to do, you know?

This NaNo, I ditched two* other novel ideas before eventually settling on a collection of three long-ish short stories sent in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse.** The thought process behind this series of events was something like, Based on my experiences so far this month, I clearly can’t write a novel so I might as well take a shot at doing something I know I can do and see how far I can get.***

It also appears that I might be one of those writers that can’t write if I know anyone else knows what I’m writing—which would mean I’m completely fucked, assuming I can ever get to a point where I’m expected to submit a proposal and then follow through or anything like that.

Things I Learned About Myself During NaNo 2012:

  • I can’t write a novel under pressure.
  • I can’t write under pressure.
  • I can’t write if people are looking at me.

Yeah… this bodes ill.


*Or maybe it was three? It seems like I was working on a third idea in there somewhere…
**Because i r srs wrtr (4 srs u guise!).
***SPOILER: I didn’t get that far.