So, I kind of haven’t posted anything this month since starting my 50k warmup challenge. Mostly that’s been because I haven’t gotten around to it. I have been working on the 50k challenge; it went very well for a little while there at the beginning of the month, then took an arrow to the knee somewhere around the 10th. I’ve kept up with the base 750/day come hell or high water, though (I’m up to a 60-day streak! Woo!). The upshot of all this is that I’m currently at around 36,500 of the 50k I was aiming for by month’s end. This isn’t a hopeless case – I’m going to be putting in lots of writing time in today and tomorrow – but it’s pretty grim, from the standpoint of 50k being a firm goal.
That’s not the standpoint I’m taking, though. I’m taking the standpoint that, as a warmup to NaNoWriMo, 36,500 is pretty damn good. I’ve been motivated to write this month more than I have in a long time. I haven’t gotten any work done on long-form fiction (not exactly, but I’m getting to that), but I do have _ideas_ for long-form fiction. Ideas that I’m excited about. Ideas I’m going to base this year’s NaNo around. These are all good things. And, you know, last year I called my NaNo at 22,974 words. So there’s that.
I *have* been working on a lot of fiction this month, but it hasn’t been long-form. Instead, I’ve been writing a lot of shorts related to Kat’s campaign, expanding the world and characters and letting her see things she normally wouldn’t, working from her character’s perspective. It’s actually a lot of fun and, more importantly, it’s really low-pressure writing. The shorts are written for an audience of one – my wife – and if one of them kind of tanks or just doesn’t take off, it’s not really a big deal. It’s better than just writing fiction that will literally never see the light of day (by one person, granted) and because it’s low-pressure, there’s very little barrier to entry when I sit down to start writing. Because I have Kat’s reactions to look forward to, it’s much, much easier to get motivated to actually write them. These are all good things.
Both of these have been so successful that I’m going to keep them up after this month – that’s probably a bit of a “duh” in the case of the shorts, but I’m going to keep angling for 50k words/month as well. It’s a fun challenge. It’s kind of relaxing in a really roundabout way, too; I’m not sure I can explain it exactly, but it is. Probably that’s just me remembering that I love to write or something.*
Current music: an amalgam of old playlists, currently playing “Anywhere” by Evanescence.
*So** funny story; I sat down to figure out what I’d need to add to my writing goals to hit 50k a month, and it turned out to be . . . nothing. Yup. Currently I have 20 taskdays/month on which my goal is 1500 words of prose, and then 750words every day on top of that brings it to about one or two thousand words over 50k, depending on the month. I just never noticed because I’m still playing catchup and ramping up and stuff.
**So do me a favor and don’t count the instances of “so” in this post. And, you know, if you do, that one in the quotes right there doesn’t count. Holy verbal tic I don’t feel like editing out right now, Batman. Does it count as a verbal tic if I’m writing? Is it a textual tic? Just a bad habit?