|Help! I need somebody! Help!
||[Nov. 15th, 2010|08:52 pm]
|||||A Night At The Roses; The Dresden Dolls||]|
So, I am having some kind of crisis as a writer. Well, as a NaNo-er. Two years ago, NaNo was the easiest thing I'd ever done. Last year, it was damn hard and I hated my story, but I won. This year, I have an okay plot, but boring characters, and come the middle of the story, I just can't write it any more. I know what's supposed to happen, but it won't.
I think this story (which I sort of wrote last year, and it was awful) is just not ready to be written, and needs to ferment a bit. I want to polish up my good novel and send it out. But it has one serious flaw that needs to be addressed, and it is thorny and horrible and no matter how I look at it, nothing helps.
I need short stories. But I don't have time to write them with NaNo. I could stop NaNo and write shorts in my NaNo document, but that feels like cheating. Stopping NaNo to edit other things makes me want to die of shame, because I WON the last two years. I want a perfect record!!
Advice? Words of comfort? Flagellations?
Oh, by the way: in the last two weeks, I've had a conversation with Neil Gaiman (who put his arm around my shoulders *nerd dance!!*), almost ridden (but not quite) the world's largest carousel, seen the Dresden Dolls live, gotten my ukulele signed all over, and given Amanda Palmer a squidhat. So I've got that going for me.