When I first started college, my major was English. After leaving community college and going to university, I switched it to English, Secondary Education. I attended my first teaching class – for 2 class periods before dropping it and the education major and adding the creative writing emphasis. Why? Because teaching isn’t for me. Taking two classes made me realize this. So, this is – was I should say – my first year doing NaNoWriMo. I lasted all of 4 days. Why? Because this too isn’t for me.
I tried my hand at outlining before November 1st came around to see if I could do it. Unfortunately, I ended up quitting it and trying my hand at pantsing.
If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a pantser at heart who plots some along the way. (I like to call that a pantsing-plotter.) Within the second day, my character, Jimmy from Piercing Through the Darkness, decides that he wants to change things up some. Okay. It really isn’t his fault. I set him up for it by giving him a domestic disturbance situation to break up. (He’s a cop. If you haven’t read Piercing Through the Darkness – go for it!)
Well, it turns out, I know NOTHING about cops or what it means to be a cop aside from what I see on TV. You all know my penchant for Castle. So, I get to work alongside a fantastic author I met through Melissa Foster’s launch party, Stacy S. Eaton, who happens to be a cop. Fantastic lady. (You all should buy her books and follow her blog. Just sayin’.)
Pantsing isn’t a good thing if you plan to write a novel in a month, for me at least. I’m just throwing that out there.
What am I gonna do now?
I’m going to work with Stacy and re-work my novel. I may even write an outline. *shudders* However, that being said, I’m back to working on my vampire/werewolf novel. If feels good to get back to it actually. So I may finish it first and then write Lighting the Darkness. (Cool title, huh? ;))
I want Lighting the Darkness to be amazing. I want it to be better than Piercing Through the Darkness. I want it to be loved. Most importantly, I don’t want it to feel forced. I want to spend the time on it that it deserves.
I should’ve listened to my own advice.
Also, I’ve had a lot of things come up this month not to make excuses of course. It was my nieces birthday that took my sister and me days to get together. And right now my nephew is in the hospital with the signs of salmonella, but they still don’t know what’s wrong with him. Then in a two weeks it’s Thanksgiving (which involves three different dinners for my scattered family) and my mom’s birthday. So, really, NaNoWriMo is the last thing on my mind. But aside from being busy and having family to look after, my novel deserves better than what I can give it right now. It’s not my time to do NaNoWriMo. I’m not sure I’ll ever do NaNo again really. It’s not that I don’t think it’s a good idea. The potential is great. If you love it and are having fun, fantastic! I’m happy for you, and I wish you the best. I just think, in my own opinion, I prefer quality over quantity.
How do you feel about NaNoWriMo?