Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 96 + NaNo Fail

I hate to say it, but I’m throwing in the NaNoWiMo towel this year. Not that there’s really much of a towel to throw in, since I only have a little over 5000 words at this point. With my constant dithering between ideas, it was pretty clear from the start I wasn’t feeling focused this time around. 
 
During our awesome writing retreat, I actually started writing three different novels … well, I guess more like novel openings. On the first day of the retreat, I FINALLY decided on an idea and felt pretty good about it, but after writing a bit, I knew my heart wasn’t in it. So the next day, I started on a second idea that had been knocking around in my brain. I got a few pages into that before I realized my protagonist/voice sounded exactly like the character in my current WIP. So since another of my NaNo ideas had been a second novel starring my WIP character, I decided to start over combining the two ideas. During the rest of the retreat, I stuck with that combo idea; however, it felt like it was meandering along without much structure, although I was happy to be getting words on paper.
 
Once I got back from the retreat, I let other things pull me away from getting back to it. Some important, some not. Today I actually cleaned my desk. As in it has a glass top and I pulled out the Windex and gave it a thorough scrubbing type of cleaned. Both the top AND the underside of the glass. Yeah, definitely not feeling it this time around.
 
Now I know I struggle with procrastination, but this feels different than my usual putting-off-work-edness. I just really do not have any passion for this idea, so there’s no reason to push it. No reason to spend the next two weeks spewing out crap when it’s not the type of crap that makes me excited to rework it. Especially since I can be using that time to research agents and do other things to be ready to query in January. So even though it pains me to give up, I know it’s for the best.
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesAnd now with that depressing admission out of the way, here are some 15 Minute Tweet Tales to entertain you:
 
11/13 - He likes giving nicknames, so he calls his friends: Nose, Ears, and Tiny. They don't like the metonymy and privately call him Asshole.
 
11/14 - She took pleasure in bruiting that Pam was divorcing Tim because he cheated, never realizing her husband was the one Tim cheated with.
 
11/15 - The mulierose engineer had terrible luck with women, so he built a perfect female robot companion. She fell in love with the toaster.
 
11/16 - "Do it now." Her uncertain tone undermined the jussive words and he hesitated with the gun. Their newly turned son tore out their throats.
 
11/17 - The JumboTron footage of Jan saying "No" to a crying Bob went viral. Turns out it was a stunt to get réclame for a new dating website.
 
11/18 - Each week his family watches horrified as he acts like a grobian, but reality TV doesn't reward nice guys & he needs the money for his son.
 
11/19 - Despite her saturnine students, she pursues her "O Captain! My Captain!" moment. Turns out she's just the captain of a sinking ship.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Comments

Natalie Aguirre's picture

Don't feel bad about not doing NaNo. If you're not inspired, it'd be hard to write something you'd want to revise. And researching agents for querying in January will be lots of work and probably best to just focus on that for now. Fingers crossed for you.

Michelle's picture

I've never done a NaNoWriMo. I don't think I'm wired in that way.
50K in 30 days is daunting for a slow writer like me.
But maybe I'll give it a go sometime.... at least once... but I'd have to plan thoroughly...
Good luck with researching agents!

Liz A.'s picture

I've been doing the same thing. I've got like five great opening scenes...and nothing that comes after. But I didn't even try NaNo. I knew I wouldn't have the time this month.

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog's picture

It sounds like you have a lot of story ideas- so don't feel too bad about stopping NaNo. If you aren't feeling it then it is better to put your energies elsewhere. :) Best of luck!

I always love the tweet words you share. I learn so much!

Medeia Sharif's picture

This has happened to me, but some of those novel beginnings may call out to you one of these days.

Lexa Cain's picture

Don't be too hard on yourself. It's very difficult to choose a story you'll spend the next year working on. You have to be very, very sure it's great. (It took me a year to find one, and then several moths of re-imagining it until I got it to work. Argh.) I love 11/15 - too funny! :-)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks for all the support, y'all! I always hate quitting, but I know it was the right decision for now. 

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. If you have a Gravatar account associated with the e-mail address you provide, it will be used to display your avatar.