A problem that plagued me last year during NaNoWriMo has come back to haunt me again: the sudden, burning desire to work on another project.
Last year it had more to do with my incomplete novel than anything, but this year it is for a completely new idea. Well, new as in I haven’t worked on it, so far it’s only been keeping the back of my brain company.
Unfortunately I think it’s because I’m getting tired of writing the book I’m working on for NaNoWriMo. I’ve been working on this story for almost a year, and it’s not as exciting anymore. Usually I write in breaks and starts, rewriting scenes and revamping specific ideas, which give me momentum to continue on my colossal-sized manuscripts. This is coupled with large dose of writer-doubt, which is making me second-guess every emotion, character reaction, and style choice I’m writing. It’s exhausting.
I’m actually starting to worry I will not be able to complete NaNoWriMo this year. I’m over 3k words behind as of today, and while I still have a week left with not too much planned over Thanksgiving, I’m feeling very intimidated.
For the first time in a long time, I really feel the need for a break. I’m going to blame some of that on the changing light and the lack of energy I feel during this time of year. But it’s saddening.
How about all of you? How are you doing starting up the final stretch of NaNoWriMo (or not, and laughing at all of us poor suckers who are)? Do you have any tips on how to rid yourself of exhaustion?