For this month’s IWSG, I’m writing ahead on November 1st as a break from my NaNoWriMo novel which has grabbed me around the neck. I am writing this post on just about 4 hours of sleep, writing in lieu of the midday nap I had planned due to lack of sleep because after writing my 1600-ish words just after midnight, I then came back (after a brief church excursion) to write almost 7,000 words total so far today.
And my brain is still wanting to write more – like literally I am so obsessed with this novel and related thoughts that I Cannot Sleep.
This novel is a total rewrite of a basic concept (princess held hostage who escapes and fights against an evil sorceress with dragons) I had when I was in my 20’s. Now that I’m in my 40’s, the story is back and is Totally Different and So Much Better. I want to read it. I want to write it, so I can read it, because what??? I’m – among other things – smiling at my younger self, like okay younger self.
Let me show you how a more mature writer could get a similar job done.
The story is so much better, so much edgier, so much more raw and real. I wonder why I never tried this before.
Keep the concept. Rewrite the book.
I have no idea where this is going, but – have you ever had an idea that just won’t die? Have you ever rewritten a novel concept entirely – only to realize that maybe, just maybe, this was the book you really wanted to write the whole time?
I have no idea. To be honest. But whatever this is – yes, more please. Maybe this is my mid-life crisis talking, but hey – whatever.
10 thoughts on “IWSG: To NaNo or Not to NaNo”
You’re doing wonderfully. NanoWriMo is huge and I commend you for being there. I can’t even think of it at the moment with life just not on track due to the pandemic. You’re brave. Wish you luck!
Good for you. Grab onto that creative energy and run with it!
Mary at Play off the Page
It’s great that your novel is grabbing your attention, but I hope you do get some sleep!
LOL. Definitely working on it. It’s been such a long week.
An idea that won’t die is the best kind of idea.
Good luck! This is the first year I’m not doing my version of NaNo, but college classes need to come first this year.
You are rocking the NaNo! That is a lot of words. If you are passionate about that old now new story, heck with sleep – go for it.
Sometimes rewriting really helps. I know some people who swear by writing their first draft, and then retyping every single word while editing (leaving out the junk, I assume).
Great going with NaNo!
Sounds like you’re making great progress. Yes, I guess some ideas refuse to go away, no matter how much time has passed. Glad it’s going well!