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This has not been a good week for me, writing-wise. Since Sunday I've gotten maybe 500 words on my NaNoWriMo novel, and I'm afraid of doing the math on how far behind that puts me. Numbers never lie. Work is still stressing me, my RPG campaign is in the final stages of falling apart (and we were so close to the conclusion! so close!), and I'm pretty convinced that even if I could write something novel-length it wouldn't be worth reading. I'm not an amazing stylist, I have no great message to impart, I don't do conspiracies involving the Vatican, vampires, or sex scenes. Totally unmarketable. (And while I'm on that topic, I'm still dithering over from where to get another rejection slip for my story. It's been a few weeks, I should be sending it out again.)

Part of me still wants to continue writing on my novel. For one thing, I bought three beautiful XF nibs to go with the narrow-ruled comp book I'm using, and though they were cheap compared to buying new pens that's still real money down the drain. For another, on Sunday I realized that something I wrote as a throw-way piece of background on Saturday could actually be the key to the external conflict I needed for the climax of the book. I am unreasonably excited about the idea of trying to create the scenes and dialog needed to pull this off.

I can't even manage to give up right.

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Date: 2013-11-14 03:04 pm (UTC)
yhlee: a sewer cover in Kyoto (I am not making this up) (Kyoto)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
1. I used the Novel in a Month not to write a novel in a month, since at the time that was not feasible (I can't remember whether the reason was story assignments or what), but to write the outline for a novel in a month. Would it help to rescale your NaNo goal in a similarish fashion--a section instead of the whole novel?

2. Re: RPG campaign: I'm so sorry how that turned out. However, I knew someone back at Cornell who had this one-shot that he trotted out periodically and ran with all-new players (granted, this worked because there was always an incoming student crop, I don't know how it works where you are). Is your material reusable in that fashion, with new players, at some later date?

3. I usually form submissions plans for my short stories so I have a list--that way I can send out the story immediately upon its rejection and I spend as little time brooding over it when it comes back as possible.

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