Yep, my progress so far in the National Novel Writing Month challenge: 8,563 words. Although I’m not using the smallest font or size in Microsoft Word, my writing so far is comprised of three looooooooong chapters. As a reader, I personally like to see a writer use smaller chapters, so these long ones I am intentionally creating bother me.

That fact, along with spell checker, new ideas constantly distracting my head, and character dialog changes is tempting me to go back through my novel from page one and start reworking it. It may be some level of OCD kicking in too, but from what I’ve read, the opinion by past NaNoWriMo participants that I should resist the urge to edit as I go, or I’ll never get to the 50,000 word mark.

So today, I continue to write while grappling with the mess that is my draft taunting me every time I shrink and restore my Word doc.

C’est la vie, right?




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