Um…why didn’t you guys warn me not to get absolutely, totally excited about my NaNoWriMo idea? Oh yeah, and that once I got excited about it, I’d just have to commit, once and for all, because I have zero idea whatsoever how this new story is going to end?
I simply must find out.
In order to find out, I’ve got to start the thing. And, in order to start this particular project come November 1st, there’s a bit of research involved.
Ahem, did I say a bit of research? I think I meant three tons of research. Never fear, though. I know (kind of) enough to write the thing right now (I think), to get a story on the page bare-boned. It’s just that the research will make all the difference between a good story and an excellent one; it will make me a she-nailed-her-facts kind of author instead of a poser-extraordinaire. And nobody wants to be a poser-extraordinaire.
So, yeah. The rest of October, I’m going to get as much written on my WIP as possible, along with justenough research as necessary to get going for November. After November, I’ll return to my WIP, let the NaNo piece simmer in a drawer, and come back to it later. That’s the plan, anyway.
I am definitely a project-driven kind of girl. How on earth did it take me so many years to realize that? So many years spent in day-in/day-out futile jobs, jobs where you could see no progress over time. Countless checks cashed, countless pitchers of milk steamed, countless chicken sandwiches hurled¹ at customers through the drive-through window. Countless days waking up earlier than the sun, countless curse words uttered (loudly, in harsh tones) at me when I was the Angel of Bad-Banking-Account News², countless days of wanting — needing — to do something more.
Give me a monster pile of research any day. I love projects, where results are visible, problems malleable, and an end in sight, no matter how far away it may be.
²Your account probably didn’t get $1,000 in the negative by you being 100% on top of your budget, now did it? And you really think I’m going to let you take all of your ex-husband’s funds from his account, which you are not on? For more awesome opinions on working my lovely job at the bank, check out this old post I almost forgot about! (Warning: Sarcasm ahead if you click the link…)