I decided not to because after a pretty amazing discussion with my mentor, it felt more necessary to edit the chapters I have than to press on with writing.
the main goal of this break—a break i’ve not had in a year—was to make progress on the work I have to do next semester. at this point, editing accomplishes that goal just as effectively as writing.
i’ve waffled on doing nanowrimo before. I used to do it every year, but my writing process has changed and I need to stop forcing it to be what it’s not.
I used to subscribe to the “get all your ideas on the screen/page, then edit” method. and I don’t think that’s a bad method. I certainly don’t discourage others from writing that way.
but when I make changes to my story that will require significant edits to what i’ve written, sometimes I need to address those before I can press on. this is the stage i’m at now.
where i am now
in my novel, i’m almost completely finished editing chapter one. i’m sure there will be more edits down the road, but i’m taking my time to make sure it’s as strong as I can make it right now. I had to rework the beginning a bit, because this chapter used to be chapter two.
my goal is to finish editing this chapter by the end of this coming weekend. I have 2,000 words or so to go, and with the holiday, I may have to stretch this deadline…but i’m aiming for it all the same.
if I can edit another three chapters by residency in January, i’ll be about halfway through my work for my first deadline of my fourth and final semester. I don’t know yet when my first deadline will be, but being halfway through that work will be a nice way to start the term.