This more or less is how I’ve felt so far trying to work on this project for NaNoWriMo:
First, I kept skipping to the next scene, just trying to keep moving. Then I realize a little more than 11K words in that I had found the start to my novel, but I was still struggling to get through it. So I jumped ahead to my big battle and am working my way to the end. That’s working out okay, but it’s really weird for me to jump so far ahead instead of just skipping to the next scene.
My brain has been wanting to work on that battle sequence for a while, so I gave up trying to hold off until I got that far. The battle isn’t what surprised me, but an interaction afterward between my main character and her partner. I hadn’t been expecting him to behave the way he did, never mind with such intensity. I want to say that this is probably my favorite moment so far between the two.
I’m hoping that I can break 20K by the end of the weekend, giving me a huge amount of breathing room. At least in terms of NaNoWriMo. For now, since those early chapters and scenes were written for the event, I’ve left them in place and marked them to find their way to my scrap folder later.
So, yes, this year, NaNoWriMo has been an uphill battle for me. While my word count is high, I fear I may run out of steam here soon.
I shouldn’t have used a FFXIV reference. Now I’m wanting a break to go play. x.x