I’ve stopped work on the project I started at NaNoWriMo last year. I think it’s still a good project, and has a lot of potential, but I’d hit nearly 70K words, and some of the cracks of the foundations were starting to show through. I was writing just to write, and not moving the story forward. I think I need to let that one gestate for a while. There are large sections of the story that were not worked out well enough in advance, and some new directions the story took. It would be good to devote some dedicated world-building time to the project before I continue on with it. I’m a little saddened because I wanted this to be the first full draft of a novel completed. But in the end, I feel it’s better to have made a good start and recognized that it wasn’t going anywhere than it would be to get to some arbitrary word count and claim some kind of victory.
But that’s not the only reason I set it aside. There’s another idea that’s been taking up considerable amounts of brainspace lately. It seems exciting, fresh and new to me. I find myself thinking about it at all hours, especially when I don’t have the time to be working on it. Of course I get that way with all of my projects, so I don’t know if there’s really anything “there” in this one. Time will tell.