What’s on the Bookshelf: The NaNo approach

I know every writer has their own approach to writing. Mine has always been write, edit, write some more, edit some more. But that doesn’t work when you’re trying to hit the magic word count for NaNoWriMo.

I was actually doing really well to start off – about 2,000 words per day – before the editor in me rear her head and refused to let me go on. Now, it isn’t just that side of my personality that stalled my forward momentum. There has been some personal stuff that was thrown into the mix, which demanded my attention and frankly took priority. But now, I’m deadlocked. Do I push forward and try to write the base draft of a NaNo novel when the editor in me is having a fit over what I have written?

In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, my answer to that is yes, but I still cannot break past that editor’s wall. Bottom line, the editor in me tells me that the first part doesn’t mesh the way it’s suppose to because of my speed writing and until it meshes I’ll be stuck hovering at 9,000 words. I didn’t think I’d actually hit 50,000 by the end of the month, but I thought I’d be at least halfway there. I still have twelve days to go, so I’m not going to give up hope, but I have to say the NaNo approach just isn’t my approach at all.