NaNo is happening, but I’m not really where I’d like to be with the story at this point in the game. Week 2 is always a challenge, and this is recognized pretty universally on the NaNo site, but knowing that doesn’t help it be any less of a grind. It’s easier to fall prey to self-doubt than it is to logically know this happens every year, and that every year I move past it.
I’m currently a day and a half behind schedule, but that has grown everyday for the last four or five days, but on the upside at this time last year I had just started over (at day 6 I deleted all previous work and started a new book), so I am ahead of last year me.
Working from an outline is proving difficult as well. I let my characters get away from me (or run free if you want to be nice about it) and when I’m doing that the words tend to flow. Going into this year with a plan was supposed to make things go easier, but what happens is that I constantly have to course correct in each scene to make sure it lines up with where I want to be for the next. I don’t know if this means I’m bad at casting, bad at planning, or just a fan of rat holes.