Week Two of NaNo has arrived; the week that seasoned NaNoers say is often the hardest.
There's some truth in that for me; my wordage is definitely down, and the words I write are coming with more effort. Now, that's mostly down to the fact that my non-writing life is on the busy side this week, what with helping my parents move house and volunteering in my six-year-old daughter's class (made Christmas puppets with them Tuesday, and I'm going along on an excursion to the beach with them tomorrow. Cute and fun, but it has absolutely confirmed my suspicion that there is NO WAY I have the patience to be in charge of a class of twenty-four little people. Their teacher deserves a medal!)
But some of the slow down in words is due to me starting to work on scenes that I haven't outlined as thoroughly as the ones I wrote last week. But thinking I knew better, I ignored the lack of a good outline today and pushed on with the writing for a little while; which, in hindsight, was silly. What NaNo has taught me is that (a) I need, NEED, to outline - with pen and paper, too - to get over my fear of the blank page and to get my imagination firing, and that (b) if I don't, I'll just edit my existing work to death as a particularly exquisite form of procrastination.
So, outline I did, sitting in the car while I waited for the kids to get out of class and by George, I think I've got this next scene nailed! Onwards for me ... erm, on Friday. The beach excursion is tomorrow, and I think I'll come back from that incapable of doing anything but lying down ... and, just possibly, opening a bottle in order to pour myself a restorative wine. (g)
I know a lot of people have criticisms about NaNo. Fair enough, too. But really, NaNo is what you make it. And for me, it's shown me a great deal about how I write, and what I need to do in order to write the best I can, and in the most productive manner. All good, I say.
How about you? Are you hitting the Week Two slump? And what, if anything, has your NaNo experience shown you about your writing?