Sixteen Days To Full-Scale Panic

Sixteen days til NaNoWriMo, and I still don’t have an idea. Not a plot point, not a character. Not a teeny-tiny play on words to amuse my Muse. (Who is more or less an eighth grade boy, at heart.) Well, fine. I’ll just start with an explosion and work my way up from there.

I haven’t gotten much done with the idea that fluttered through my head as a September/October project, either. Maybe a couple thousand words.

The rule, right now, seems to be that if it’s stressful, it’s going to happen. Head to head with supervisor? Check. (Not sure it makes it a whole lot better that I appear to be winning.) Car problems? Check. Family problems? Double check, and also… Thinking of joining a commune. Or a convent. Or a nudist colony. Something, anyway. Anything on an island. Or a space station. Or an oil rig. Something not here.

This is not a good year for anything but treading water. I’m still working on revising Lepterians. Still working on figuring out exactly what I have there, and how many of it. I’m filling out a plot thread or two, trying to get from Point A to Point B.

And Nano begins in 16 days.

I probably need Nano, this year. Some nice solid goals and a whole lot of peer pressure to keep me from feeling sorry for myself. And I do have peers. A whole team of them.

So, working down the checklist of things that I need to do to get my nano-brain in order. I’m getting pretty close.

 

4 thoughts on “Sixteen Days To Full-Scale Panic

  1. You got this; I know you do!

  2. A.S. Akkalon says:

    Sounds like you’re going through a rough patch. Sorry to hear that. Disasters do seem to run in packs, and they arrive at the worst times.

    I find my creativity freezes in fright when the pressure goes up. If I tell myself, “I need to start plotting my next book now,” I just sit there and an hour later all I have is “there could be dragons”. It took six months, but that idea actually developed into enough story for a book.

    All the best with your Nano prep. I know you can do it. I hope life gives you a breather for it.

  3. Sometimes it seems like EVERYTHING conspires against the peace of mind it takes to write. Maybe think Fellini’s movie 81/2 for an idea?

  4. K E Garland says:

    Sheesh! Hang in there!

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