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I suck at NaNo. I can't seem to stick to one story to save my life.

My actual NaNo project is stuck around 2,500 words... but last night I was reading OotP (I am attempting to reread the final three HP books, partly just because, and partly to straighten out some plot points for "Strange Likenesses") and I was somehow inspired to open chapter 12 of "Secrets" and write 2,100 words in one go. So that chapter is now at 6,375 words, which is around 1/2 to 2/3 of the way finished. ("Secrets" chapters run about 8,500 to 12,000 words, depending on how much stuff I need to fit in, and how many plot curves the story throws me.)

Why can't I make that kind of progress on my NaNo?

And why couldn't I get unstuck on "Secrets" back in October?

...

I think it's just general perversity. It's so easy to write when I know I ought to be doing other things. And conversely, when I know I ought to be writing, housework and other stupid chores become very tempting.

Maybe I should declare this month's project to be one of my languishing-for-years original story ideas. That might unstick me on my current NaNo as well as "Secrets."

*ponders*
edenfalling: circular blue mosaic depicting stylized waves (ocean mosaic)
I suck at NaNo. I can't seem to stick to one story to save my life.

My actual NaNo project is stuck around 2,500 words... but last night I was reading OotP (I am attempting to reread the final three HP books, partly just because, and partly to straighten out some plot points for "Strange Likenesses") and I was somehow inspired to open chapter 12 of "Secrets" and write 2,100 words in one go. So that chapter is now at 6,375 words, which is around 1/2 to 2/3 of the way finished. ("Secrets" chapters run about 8,500 to 12,000 words, depending on how much stuff I need to fit in, and how many plot curves the story throws me.)

Why can't I make that kind of progress on my NaNo?

And why couldn't I get unstuck on "Secrets" back in October?

...

I think it's just general perversity. It's so easy to write when I know I ought to be doing other things. And conversely, when I know I ought to be writing, housework and other stupid chores become very tempting.

Maybe I should declare this month's project to be one of my languishing-for-years original story ideas. That might unstick me on my current NaNo as well as "Secrets."

*ponders*

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