NaNoWriMo 2015 – Journal, day three; I thought I could do this?

NaNoWriMo, day three

Day Three:  852 words

Running Total:  2526 words

Why did I think I could do this, again?

Oh, right.  Because I’ve done it for the past three years in a row and succeeded every time.  Only… the past three years I was still writing every day.  And I hadn’t lost touch with my characters.  In fact, in Oncoming Storm, my first one, I hadn’t even begun to get to know any of the characters very well, other than my main character, Areyan.  Heck, when I started, I didn’t even know who they were!  Ugh.

And it doesn’t help that I can’t remember what I was going to cover in the Circle meeting, or who all was there.  Obviously not K’Tytha, she’s up north helping to clean up after the major outbreak of blood-madness.  But should Cheril be at the meeting?  If she’s not, how will they get an up-t0-dater report?  Sure, they could use the packmind, but that can be limited or misleading, and lead Teacher Seriph at least knows that.  And what about the protocol?  How do they enter, who sits first, what do these people look like?  What are their personalities?

Luckily, I keep a spreadsheet of important information on all my characters; their appearance, their name, their parentage, planet of origin, a bit of their personality, the book they first appeared in and their age at first appearance… don’t know about you, but one of my greatest irritations with any series is when the author can’t seem to remember basic timelines or character information between novels.

Hate that.  Decided years ago that wasn’t ever going to be me; none of my readers will be writing to me and pointing out inconsistencies!

I have to catch up tomorrow.  I can’t just quit.  Not only would I miss out on bragging rights and the winner’s T-shirt, I’ve already started.  And a principle of self-development states very clearly:  If you do not intend to finish a thing, do not start.  If you begin and do not finish, you are forming the habit of failure; absolute, ignominious failure.

I already have enough bad habits.  I’m not going to add one more log on the pyre of failure.

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