November is usually the month where I am frantically writing
along with everyone else who has novel-type inclinations. This time I am not.
The last time I skipped Nanowrimo (back in 2007) it was because I was "too busy" for it. That decision ended up being torturous and I resolved never to miss NaNo again, for fear that I might be pushed "to the brink of depressed insanity and, in a moment of panic ... drop out of university with a semester left to go, strip all of my clothes off, run into the woods, slit my wrists with a twig and write my story in blood on the tree trunks..."
..... That's a direct quote from this very journal in 2008. Who the fuck comes up with this stuff?
Anyway, though. I'm surviving this month without any crazed, naked, forest-related shenanigans because I have another novel-related thing on my plate: editing the novel that I've already (mostly) written. It would be hard to turn my brain on to something else at this crucial juncture in the novel's growth, so it's "NaNoEdMo" for me instead. I still hope to finish for November 30 -- so I can recapture the great feeling of closing out November with a bunch of novel-stuff accomplished.
(November 30 is historically a good day for me... the date of several NaNos finished, and also the anniversary of my romantic partnership -- whaaaat? Two years this year, somehow.)
But I found it hard to force myself to mass-edit in the same way that NaNo generally forces me to mass-write. My (speak of the devil) partner suggested I keep track in the same way, to which I snapped at him that you couldn't keep numerical track of how much editing needed to be done, it was more subjective than that, and bla bla.
Well, allow me to eat my words.
After a few days of no progress, I decided to take his advice and created a status bar file in Photoshop that I can easily update depending on how far through the novel I have gotten. It is currently my desktop background. NO MORE PRETTY DESKTOP PHOTOS FOR YOU, SELF. JUST THIS PLAIN STATUS BAR UNTIL YOU FINISH.
Turns out everything is easier when it's quantified!
How's NaNo going for you?