I decided to throw my hat into the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) fervor and have been pleasantly surprised that I’m doing something. I do try very hard to get a little writing done a day but the days are either too short or I’m too busy and time passes by without my doing any writing. This month I’ve finished a sequel to my paranormal romantic comedy (that is a thing) When Opposites First Attract and finished a WIP that had been sequestered to the pile of forgotten work. I’ve been so good about getting stuff checked off my list I realized I hadn’t started the main novel for NaNoWriMo. I’m odd like that and let my muses lead me until I finally found my way back to where I started.
My goal is to take another forgotten WIP (I have quite a few of them) and make it more than the short story I’d initially planned for it. It’s been a hard process because I want so desperately to have my hero and heroine get to it already. This is the crux of my issues with writing longer stories. I’ve got this wonderful story all plotted out in my head but as I purge it out I like to cut corners and whittle it down to a manageable size that gets me that much closer to the end. But as god as my witness, I shall never cut my word count again! Okay, that’s a bit extreme but I’m using NaNoWriMo as a tool to keep me focused and get myself to the goal of actually completing a novel level piece of work. I mean they have graphs and everything. If I can’t do it for the graphs, there’s no hope.