I’m trying to decide if I feel like trying nanowrimo this year.
(For those not familiar, the goal is to write a novel of 50,000 or more in the month of November website)
I haven’t been particularly successful in previous attempts… mainly for two reasons.
#1 I get bored after about the third chapter, mainly because I have a tendancy to describe too much rather than actually letting characters do anything themselves
and #2 I’m overly critical
Both drive me nuts… the second is usually the killer though. And, actually, is probably part of what drives the first.
I absolutely hated my first attempt, because in addition to the lack of dialog thing, my plot just kept reminding me of a cheesy made for cable movie. Or, maybe worse, one of those made to be shown to a youth group cheesy videos. (As a tangent, I’m really dissappointed in the recent 3:16 dvd’s short film section…. for exactly that reason. Even if that’s about the tone my stuff ends up with too.)
I actually only have 2 chapters of the 4 left, because I was so unhappy with 2 of them that I deleted them entirely. And I couldn’t tell you where the 2 survivors are saved.
But…. the thing is, of the people who read it, none expressed the same feelings. Even the readers of my blog, where I was posting it, who always tend to be a bit on the harsh side compared to in person friends.
Which is worse? To be over critical, or to suck in a cheesy muck sort of way?
I’d originally told someone I wasn’t going to try this time because of my wrist. But, honestly, it’s feeling better mostly.
Then recently, I started working on recounting some of the interesting events of the last year or so… which is taking some time, so I used that as an excuse. (I will probably post these here as well fairly soon). And I haven’t even been good about writing here lately, let alone taking on something else.
I think it’s the mix of issues related to the writing that has me a bit spooked.
And when I get really honest, I think that was more the reason that I quit about 5,000 words into it last year.
I claimed it was because of time. But had I tried, I think I could have made the time.
Do I really want to reopen this can of worms?