Word Count: 3452
So remember how yesterday I told you about what I was writing? That it was a rewritten version of one of my old novels that I only got 42,000 words into? (not 48k, my mistake)
Yeah, so I was writing yesterday, and of course it would be my luck to get writer’s block on the first day of NaNoWriMo. Then I started doing word sprints and actually got on kind of a roll. Great, right?
No. Not great. I was really happy that I got through the writer’s block, and then I came to a realization as I began to read over my work: IT SUCKED. I know what you’re thinking. I’m probably over exaggerating or it’s just that critical thing in the brain of every writer.
No. I’m pretty sure this just sucked. And then I started thinking about the original draft some more. It occurred to me that I like the more problematic, original draft that I didn’t finish more than I like this new one.
So what did I do? Well, I asked the NaNoWriMo coaches and my twitter followers for help. Should I keep rewriting and hope it works out? Or should I just edit the original and make the major changes to it that it needs for NaNoWriMo?
Everyone gave great advice, and thanks to all of you! I think I might end up just doing a mix of the two, where I maybe use some heavily edited parts from the original in my rewrites or rewrite some parts in a heavily edited original– I don’t know!
I think the best thing to do now is reread it and reevaluate. Are any of you having this problem on day one? Where you are convinced that your writing sucks on day one? I’m pretty sure it’s not a great way to start off the month, that’s for sure.
Comment or like this post if you liked it so other people can see it:) And don’t be alarmed if my word count goes back down to zero soon…
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