I am pretty far behind... I have the equivalent of 12,000 words left (I've been editing this month and translating the amount of time that I edit into number of words) and I think I can catch up but I really don't have the motivation to. The main reason that I'm editing this novel-length story is because I feel that it is a skill that will come in handy in the future. I've edited several short stories before and I think that I know more or less how to do that, but a novel-length story seems more intimidating to me so I was hoping to get a big chunk of that done during November. Now, however, I just don't want to do it anymore. November has been so hard, with everything surrounding the election and Thanksgiving and school in general, and I haven't felt creative since editing doesn't feel like a creative process to me. I really just want to write and I haven't had a lot of chances to do that. I would like to say that I have worked on editing this, and that I am close to finishing it, but I am not and I don't want to anymore. I'm struggling with feeling unaccomplished if I don't make it to the end of the month and just not wanting to do it... any advice?
Judy, I understand. And I think this is a situation where you need to have grace for yourself. First of all, editing a novel for the first time is a huge endeavor. Even with the experience of editing several short stories (which is awesome) there's still a big learning curve. It's also been my experience that editing is very hard to rush. Unlike writing where you can think, "Well, I just need to get the words down, they don't have to be perfect yet," with editing the point is TRYING to make it perfect. So I think you should be kind to yourself, recognize what you've accomplished so far this month, and edit at your own pace.
I wrote 6500+ words today, which is pretty good. I'm very happy with myself. Hopefully I can still get some more words in before go to sleep!
That's amazing, Josie. Way to go!
Yesterday I hit 90k by writing the hands-down most intense scene I have ever written. It was so intense it made me cry when it was finally over. Ah, the emotional ups and downs of writing.
That's a pretty awesome way to hit 90k!