I’m sure I’m not the only NaNo Warrior out there right now who’s feeling pretty good right now. Word count goal for week one, nailed it, but that’s the false sense of security they want you to feel right? RIGHT?! (Glances over shoulder nervously)
A couple weeks before NaNo started I sat down with my phone calculator and figured out exactly how many words per day I would need to write to achieve that 50,000 goal. I took into account Thanksgiving plans, work, etc and by the end I had plan. Now, to be fair, week one was a short week and therefore I gave myself a smaller goal of 5,000 words for the week instead of the full fledged 11,667 monster that I’ll have in the coming weeks. That number is just…daunting.
I will say this, even with my small word count goal for the week I was already feeling a bit rushed and therefore felt I wasn’t producing my best work. I think my ultimate struggle with this beast of a challenge is to not just write words but write quality words. Why would you want to spend an entire month writing something that you’ll likely end up cutting 90% of? That feels like a huge waste of time, in my opinion.
If you have been following my blog you’ll know that my chapter one was a labor of love. I agonized over it for months before getting it to where it needed to be and frankly it’s beautiful. It’s the best writing I’ve ever done. So color me disappointed when I rushed through to finish chapter two and three during this last week and those chapters just feel so dull compared to my chapter one. Is this how professional authors always feel with their publishing deadlines?
When I decided to build a blog site I knew I wanted to start writing book reviews which led me to read a ton more in the genre that I wanted to write in, Young Adult, and in doing so there have been a couple things I’ve noticed. The first being that the quality of writing is mostly sub-par besides a few standouts, and second, that series tend to go downhill after book one. This is so disappointing to me as a reader as well as terrifying to me as an aspiring author. Are deadlines killing the publishing industry?
While all the good authors are rush, rush, rushing to get their novels written the story telling goes down the toilet. Where are the Harry Potter’s?! WHERE?! Do you know how long it took J.K. Rowling to write the first Harry Potter book? Six years. With the later books in the series she was given two to three years between books. We have yet to see another book series so well received and loved as that one and I feel it has somewhat to do with the fact that publishers push authors to crank out books and therefore kill the creative process. So maybe NaNo is a good taste of what that real world publishing monster looks like? Perhaps we’ll find out, but as for me, I’m patting myself on the back for at least making it this far. It feels pretty dang good to have three completed chapters of this book. Wish me luck on seeing this one through to the end.
Week one NaNoWriMo word count: 5106