It’s been two weeks since my bittersweet victory of completing 50,000 words in one month, and if you’re wondering why I’ve been so quiet, I’ll tell you why: major burnout. Like the Emperor Joseph II, I feel as if there were too many words put down in November. Between NANO and HAND/EYE, I simply ran out of what to write; the circuits in my brain were fried.
I’ve tried to post numerous times here, and each time I wrote a paragraph or two I wasn’t satisfied with what I wrote. The flow of words seemed to have been dammed (or maybe I was damned?) Finally, today I got a spark of an idea and decided to run with it.
In a previous post, I mentioned the controversy of NANOWRIMO among writers. Is it a worthwhile exercise or not? I took a wishy-washy approach and sat on the fence. Now, after some contemplation, my thoughts are that unless you approach NANOWRIMO with a fully developed outline, the effort really isn’t worthwhile. In my case, I knew how the story started and ended, but I didn’t know how to reach the conclusion. Thus the challenge became more in the realm of spewing words and not telling a story. And frankly, my time would have been better used working on Julius.
So now I am recuperating, and that involves a lot of reading. After this next issue of the online version of HAND/EYE Magazine, I will have two weeks off. It’s a much needed rest. However, I plan to use this precious time in an effective manner with Julius that includes major revisions, overhauling the second part of the story completely–and that includes outlining–and trying to write new material everyday.
That’s all for now. I hear Julius calling me.