I finally got my computer set-up moved to a sunnier location with room to spread out the various docs I’m combining and made a little progress on the e-book. Felt better for getting something done.
Also realized that this, for me, is not a good project to try to do for NaNoWriMo. There’s a lot already written. Between blog posts and old essays a great deal of material is there but in different styles and tones. Some of them are too short and need more material; some are too long and need editing and some new pieces. And it took this long to figure out I need to quit trying to do this as all one document. And to quit thinking of it in words written per day terms.
I’ve been re-thinking and taking in that part of my hang-up has been the awkwardness of trying to work on this many pieces all in one document. Finally the light went on and I realized it would feel so much better to set up docs for each separate piece and worry about copying and pasting them together and counting words later.
So I’ve kind of given up on the writing month yet again. The good news for me has been that signing up has made me fiddle with all these bits until I could see how to proceed. It all feels so much better when I think of it as separate pieces that I can organize later into one whole.
I’m curious whether any of you other writers out there ever get hung up on working on a project one way and finally see that there’s another approach that would work better?