Blog: Day 7 of NaNoWriMo (Starting Over)

Starting over is usually met with feeling either a) afraid or b) unencumbered. Today I feel the latter. Yesterday something clicked for me, which led me to put aside the novel I had been working on, and starting something else from scratch. Since then I’ve occupied that rare, yummy zone where the words are flowing, and I am content. The thing that I realised (and have realised many times over, but occasionally forget) is that for a NaNoWriMo project to be enjoyable, I have to be completely absorbed by the character(s) I’m writing. As a writer I have never been driven by plot, it always feels more natural to start with a character and work from there. I’m interested in writing about people, who they are and why they do what they do. Now, I can manage to do complex plots if I work hard at it, but it takes a lot of time. The novel I started on November 1st has a lot of potential, but I couldn’t write it quickly. So I put it in the ‘for another time’ folder, and began again. I’m so happy I did. Sometimes starting over is the best, or only option.

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