Nano is over for another year. I can breathe again. :)
It's a humbling experience. For the second year in a row now, it's showing me how useless it is to be arrogant as a writer. I go in feeling ready to write well, only to get slapped around constantly by the 1700-per-day target. In the primordial stage of putting a story together, there's no point trying to "write well" - you just have to write. Revel in terrible phrasing. You can deal with it later in the edit phase.
Now I have another cacophony of words to work through. I'm not happy with where the last 1/3 of my story went, and will need to rewrite and rethink a lot of stuff. But I'm done. It's a hot mess, but it's something to work with, which is better than nothing.
Friends have been asking what I plan to do once I have my life back. My answer? SO MANY THINGS. But they'll all be slow things. Low commitment, low impact things I can just enjoy and put down.
- Playing with PICO-8, specifically the music part of it. I feel like making some ditties.
- Making Christmas crafts and snacks!
- Digging up WarCraft III and playing it again.
- Finishing my reading challenge for the year.
- And writing more short stories and experimenting and learning, etc.
I have lots of work scheduled for Thursday and Friday too. But today, I'm going to rest and recover and let my brain grow back.
Thank you to everyone who listened to my complaining, offered words of support and encouragement, and fed me and watered me (or beered me) this month.