And so the third week of NaNoWriMo came and went. It most definitely was my worst week so far. I barely wrote anything, by my standards, and I blame it on work.
I love my job, don’t get me wrong. And when “The Amazing Game Proposal” (or TAGP for short, which is obviously a code name for a project under non-disclosure agreement) landed on my desk Tuesday afternoon, I squeed. The flip side of TAGP was its due date: Thursday. So I had roughly fifty-five hour to do what normally takes about a week.
See the little yellow squares in my NaNo calendar in the right sidebar? Those are the days I worked twelve hours and got very little writing done, less than the required 1,667 words a day (which is actually half my daily objective to reach 100k by the end of the month). Luckily, I was a few days in advance on my writing goals so I’m not behind on my target.
On Saturday, I wrote very little too. I gave my all to TAGP during the week and had no creativity left for my writing.
Then I realised my writing didn’t work. One chapter of Oil and Boiling Water needs to be moved earlier in the story (about four written chapters ago). A whole new scene needs to find its way somewhere, somehow.
In a nutshell, plot holes jumped me!
Even though NaNo’s official tactic is to take notes and continue writing as if I did the changes, I can’t do it. I need to write the scenes to know exactly how they unfold and how they affect the later chapters. I hate writing something that I know will need major rework. I prefer to avoid wasted time and get it as right as possible the first time around.
So since I need to edit Oil and Boiling Water to continue writing it and that editing is more or less prohibited during NaNo, I’m tackling something new for the rest of the month.
First, I breezed through the missing last chapters of Unforeseen Dives and now I’ll attack Killing Time OST (next year’s blog novel). I was supposed to write at least 20k of it in December but if I write it this month, I’ll have time to edit and complete Oil and Boiling Water next month.
And in the end, all will be good and right.
I’m at 75,793 words and there’s one week and a day left to go! *writerly war cry*