Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NaNoWriMo Status Report

Okay, so we're on day 11 of NaNoWriMo. It's going well so far. I've admitted before how I "cheat" and justify it because I hand write. I mean, how else are you expected to keep up when you are essentially doing it twice? I actually started on one idea and then came up with another one that I liked better. I consulted Twitter about whether to abandon the first idea for the second and someone suggested writing both. Seriously?! Are you mad?!

For the record, I'm working on the second idea. It's about a girl who meets a farm boy (shocker) and has to deal with their blossoming relationship stuff going on at home with her parents. Like any first draft, it's kind of crap so far. There are redeeming moments, though (first kiss for the win!!). But so far, it's been going pretty well.

However, when I get to around this point (17K, if you're keeping track), I start to lose momentum. One thing I will do is quit. Obviously. It's the easy out. But I will usually only quit if life is really getting in the way and I absolutely cannot force out any more crap words on the page.

Another method I use is to skip around. I panic and think there is absolutely no way I will ever finish at the rate I'm going. This is how I used to write most of my stuff. I'd have a bunch of random scenes and I'd have to find a way to tie them all together. That's probably why I never finished anything before. I've gotten better at tying it all together, but I don't like to write that way anymore. It's hard.

But I've got 17,504 words and I'm not sure where to go next. It's the honest death of a pantser. Am I still considered a pantser if I have a general idea of where I'm going? I write out the general plot (they meet and fall in love, HEA) and maybe some stops along the way. I like to have names figured out, but I started idea #1 using -girl- as my placeholder for her name. She became Zoe later on. I kept that name for idea #2 also.

Anyway, so here I am 833 words behind for the day. What am I doing writing a blog post?!

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