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National Novel Editing Month

2008-03-04, 2:12 p.m.

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So apparently the notifylist stopped working and nobody said anything about it to me and I can't find anything about it. Grrr. Have now replaced with TinyLetter.

(disclaimer: most of this entry is posted here, I'm just lazy, apparently.)

So, I'm doing National Novel EDITING Month. 50 hours of work during March. Forcing myself to work on the novel is good, especially since March is a month where I've got about half the weekends free and a good chunk of my activities end around mid-month.

I have 7.5 hours out of 50 so far. On schedule, amazingly, though I should have written ahead by now since I will have very few days where I can get much done on it anyway (before the end of the month, at least).

But...it's haaaard *whine*.

The thing about NaNoWriMo is that it's relatively easy for me. Assuming I'm not having a total shit writing day or totally busy, I can generally knock out the daily minimum or go over and the rest of my life is relatively free to watch the tube, knit, socialize, la la la and still make word count. But 50 HOURS? Can't get around that time thing by working speedily. I went over to a friend's house for dinner Sunday night and felt guilty that instead of working, I was sitting around watching people play with fabric. I felt guilty last night for watching Sarah Connor for two hours and then feeling too tired to do much of anything else but shower and go to bed after that. And I was really looking forward to watching my Netflix, but I didn't even TOUCH them all weekend. Argh!

Am still going through notes and thinking of how to totally rewrite this. I suspect very little of draft #2 will even be saved, or if there's any point at all to going over it considering HOW MUCH of this thing needs rewriting, pumping up, etc. Definitely is going to need a new outline. I am seriously pondering not even going through draft #2 whatsoever or just in a cursory manner.

Then again, you know what? I AM AFRAID OF EDITING. I have no problem doing it for other people, I just hate doing anything for me beyond "change spelling or rewrite a sentence"-type stuff.

Here's what I do whenever I turn in something to writer's group:
(a) People give notes. I write down what they say. They have good points, though if they mention stuff I have no idea how to fix, I freak out.
(b) They also write notes on the papers and hand them to me.
(c) I stick them in a folder, chuck the folder somewhere in my house, and...ignore it. For months.

My resolution for February was to work on editing a particular story. I could not even FIND the notes for this thing. I told this to my shrink on oh, February 29, and she said, "I bet you find those now." She was right, I found them the dad-blamed next DAY...just as NaNoEdMo started.

I have those notes for that story on my desk. I have barely managed to make myself read oh, one of the notes. I am inwardly wincing at the "I don't know how to fix that's."

*whineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*

This is bad.


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