Everything. Everything went wrong.
I lost faith in my story very early and kind of meandered until my motivation pittered out. There just wasn’t any story. I was also very aware of the impending November 30th deadline, so each day that I didn’t write I felt more and more panicked, which in turn affected my creativity.
Anytime I DID sit down to write, I had no idea what I was doing. I was very much caught up in the idea that I had to write something GREAT straight away, whereas I should’ve just wrote whatever came into my head, even if it was stupid. Even if I spent the entire month writing filler scenes of the characters doing everyday things, even if ALL of it was cut, because it would’ve been worth it. It would’ve been excellent character development so that I really knew them and could build on their stories from there. Instead, I just gave up on myself. It’s a real shame.
What I’ve learnt:
- I’m a natural pantser and the only way I’m going to write something solid is if I draft.
- I can’t be so hard on myself. No first draft is perfect.
- I need to get to know my characters before I can craft their stories.
NaNoWriMo 2017 was a bust but 2018’s challenge won’t be. I’m going to start early and plan out a spider-gram of ideas as well as character bios so that I have a chance of finishing.