When I noticed short stories were serving as an excuse to procrastinate on my novella, I promised to return to the long piece the very next day.
Surprisingly, I did just that.
Only the magic of NaNoWriMo could pull off the miracle of making me keep a promise to myself.
I suppose the pressure of keeping a daily log also helped. It’s much easier to lie to myself privately than in public. I cringed at the thought of having to write another post full of excuses for not working on my novella.
It wasn’t pleasant, but I got through it.
As I worked on chapter two, I realised why I had been avoiding it for so long. It was a very tricky chapter to write: a retelling of the Maya creation myth in the voice of one of the main characters in the story. It required research, focus and a lot of imagination.
I would love to be writing here about how I easily overcame this big hurdle, but the truth is I didn’t quite nail it. I’m not happy with the chapter by any means. It will need a lot of editing if the novella is to ever see the light of day.
I suppose this is where I should come back to my NaNoWriMo motto. It doesn’t need to be pretty. It needs to work. And, in spite of all its flaws, chapter two worked. It did its job of moving the story forward. Chapter three flowed effortlessly after that. I also finished the day with a good idea of what to do in chapters four and five.
I’m no longer afraid of coming back to the novella. Regardless of the quality of the writing, that alone is a good reason to call day five a success.
On top of all that, I reached 10,000 words one day before expected. I know a lot of people are far ahead in their own NaNoWriMo projects, but I don’t care. I’m competing with myself. By my own standards, writing 10,000 words in five days is a massive achievement. I hope I can keep building up on that.
Best sentence I wrote on day five:
“Eternity breathed out, and light was born out of its whisper.”
Worst sentence I wrote on day five:
“As light fecundated the mud, its spirit blossomed into the branches of the first tree.”
Word count for day five: 2,852
Total word count: 10,017