The Rail | NaNo Update

I have been very naughty this month.

NaNo started, of course, on All Hallows’ Eve. But there were too many sweets and forgettable movies to be motivated at midnight. So I began, slowly, the following morning.

The Best Intentions

I had spent a month preparing. Dreamstorming. I thought I had the perfect layout for the novel I wanted to write.

The problem with that was I wanted perfection. I care so deeply about my characters. It was important that they be allowed to be exactly who I knew they were.

So, in a word, I choked. I told my girlfriend – on more than one occasion – that I felt I had a mouth full of peanut butter. I couldn’t speak. Neither could my characters with anything worth saying.

Procrastinating. Over thinking. Call it whatever you want. I was terrified to continue. Would all this NaNo hype be a waste?

A Reason to Celebrate

I welcomed some delicious distractions. My pre-NaNo excitement caused me to completely overlook my birthday, November 7. I assumed I’d have the work ethic to write though it.

That did not happen.

I am blessed to have something wonderful to celebrate and someone incredible to make it memorable. My girlfriend took off a week to spend with me. I feel lucky to have been confounded by love.

The Rails

But November yields for no writer. Catch up has become the name of the game, the new strategy. I am pressing myself to get in my zone. To write without thinking, without ideas of what it should be.

Word count today: 11,274.

38,276 words in 19 days.

Forget the numbers. I’m writing a novel.


About Anna Dawes

Writer. Blogger. Vegetarian. I have two dogs that make me a little insane. I'm a nursing student. I read a lot of feminist literature; I negate it by obsessing over fashion magazines. I listen mostly to lovely lady singers, read mostly female authors, and spend most of my days surrounded by beautiful women. I consider words to be a delicate medium that only the most willing artist can bring to light. In another life I was a classic thespian. I have a purple office.
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