Heeyyyyy Nathanviewers. Wait, if you’re reading this does that make you Nathanreaders? Hmmm…
Heeyyyyy Nathanreaders! Guess what? I’ve passed 40,000 words in my novel and I’m only 10,000 from completing my 30 day daily writing stint in order to get my entire novel written in one month! Wooohoo!
Either way, I’m positive that I’m going to finish and even surpass the words I’m writing and get a good chunk of the novel finished. I was really hoping to get up to 70,000 words of an 80,000 word novel by the end of the month, but I’m not really sure how feasible that is actually going to end up. I have ten days left and it took my almost nineteen to get up to 40,ooo, hahaha.
This has mostly been chalked up to how difficult is has been this week for me to actually get started and write. I’m not really sure what it is, but it’s been literally a war to sit my butt down and start writing. Obviously once I start it becomes a bit easier and I can do it, but it’s not quite flowing out onto the page as easily as it was when I started.
I wanted to start writing about 3,000 words a day, roughly two and a half to three hours of writing a day, however I’ll sit there for three or four (sometimes more) trying to put out two thousand. I still want to work towards that goal of just being able to put down 3,000 words and keep pushing the story forward.
I really need a break, I think. But I’m not going to stop until this book is done!!! *fist shaking* >:( This is #FinishIt2015 and NOT #FinishItwheneverifeellikeishouldbecauseimfeelinglazy2045.
Basically I’ve learned from this month is that anything you want to do that is worthwhile is not always going to be fun and easy to do. You have to work every day to make it happen. You have to push forward and make sure that you write, draw, read, anything you’re passionate about every day because that is what ultimately what makes you that thing. It’s either that or you never accomplish anything and just look back on your life wondering what you could have done.
Check out this video from Alan Moore (one of my favorite writers) and what he thinks a writer is:
This video really put some wind in my sails and I’m really happy to have that feeling of accomplishment whenever I put in my words for the day and watch my overall progress. (See the chart above.)
I plan on posting two more blog posts about NaNoWriMo, one for when I reach 50k and one when the month ends. For each of these I’m wanting to talk about my process, and the other some of the music that I’ve been listening to while writing my current novel to keep my in the world I’m working in.
My plan is to still have the first draft of //.Machina wrapped up by the end of the year, as well as a second novel that I will be working on in December. Basically I’ve decided to rewrite a novel I’ve been writing off and on for about ten years in one month. (I’m really REALLY excited to finally finish that story.)
That being said, I have more ideas for 2016, including editing a Star Wars trailer I shot last year, but nothing will be set in stone just yet. I will be working month to month with a general idea of what I want to do the next, then solidfy it per month to see how many projects I can actually finish in a year, be it writing, short film, feature film, comics, whatever. I’m really excited to see what this year has in store for me! ^_^
I just gotta keep swimming…
Wish me luck, guys!
Nathan Seals is an independent filmmaker, artist, and author who has created various comic books, films, role-playing systems, and card and board games throughout the years. He’s either insane, or a genius. Either way he’s having fun.