Alright, I know you’re not supposed to do this during Camp NaNo but… I looked back. I read what I had written and reread and reread it. I liked it, but I had hit a wall. The storyline was not going to work the way I had tried to force it to. I felt defeated and disappointed. Yet another attempt at this novel, failed.
I texted my husband–
“Ok I really thought this book was going to work but I think I’ve hit some fatal errors. It’s seeming stupid to me now”
He asked me what I meant and I told him, and for the next few minutes we discussed what was wrong and how I could fix it. Little-known secret: behind every good writer is a spouse who came up with all the good ideas in the first place.
Long story short: I’m having to rework this if I want to move forward at all. The cords got twisted together; they’re good cords, but I’m going to have to reorganize them if I want to know what connects to what. This is a setback, but hopefully it will be a minor one because I can still use parts of my current rough draft.
Time to dejumblify my ideas… which basically means make them not so jumbled anymore.
Okay, I know 491 words in a fantasy novel is barely a drop in the bucket. I do realize that. HOWEVER, this is the most good material I’ve written in my novel in like, months, because it’s taken so long to revamp the storyline.
I’m actually WRITING!!!
And I’m going to use Camp NaNoWriMo again this year to help motivate me to write. If you don’t know what that is, here’s the address–
I’m hoping to get to 25,000 words by the end of April and after that I’ll re-evaluate. I really hope this works this time, I jokingly named my outline “Novel #14250” because it feels like I’ve tried to write it that many times. So excitamicated right now. Yay!
Hope you all have a fantabulous week 🙂 (Why yes, I do love using words that don’t really exist…)
It’s not that I don’t care about my writing and my career. I do. But the past week and a half I have just not been feeling anything for my story.
It’s a great story, but I feel like there’s something big missing and I have no idea what it is. The very thought of digging through it and trying to find the missing link is exhausting to me right now. It doesn’t help that I haven’t been feeling so great physically lately. It’s looking like I’m not going to make it to 50K for Camp NaNo after all, but hey, 33K in 2 1/2 weeks is a big accomplishment. I’m proud of that and I’m so grateful to Camp NaNo for moving me forward in my story. Once I find that missing piece, I know it’s going to take off again and be basically awesome 🙂
I guess I’m just going to have to push myself forward no matter how exhausted and lethargic I feel. No pain, no gain, after all.
I hit 45K on my novel and 30K for Camp NaNoWriMo just now. This is me currently–
Seriously, I’m like, on top of the moon. This is pretty much twice as far as I’ve ever gotten on a novel before (for real at least… I’ve probably gone farther on some crap stuff I did five years ago, but that’s irrelevant). I’m aiming for at least 80K in the novel and 50K for Camp NaNo overall, so this basically means I’m over halfway to all my goals. That. is. incredible! I’m dying. Can I just die real quick? *dies, then resurrects solely for the sake of writing* Okay, I’m good.
I know, I know, I haven’t updated you on the storyline yet. Fact is, it’s way too complicated at the moment AND I don’t want to give away the big twists. Once I figure out how to describe it in less than 500 words with no spoilers, I’ll let you know.
Thanks for sticking with me everyone! Great progress has been made in the last couple months and will definitely continue!
I took a couple days off Camp NaNoWriMo, but today I’m back to writing again. So far, my word count is up to 27,878 on NaNo, 43,479 total. I have to say once again that NaNoWriMo is a wonderful thing. It’s actually a lifesaver. Without it, I may have given up on this novel by now.
One thing Camp NaNo has done for me is rid me of the silly notion that inspiration has to hit me over the head before I write. It is actually quite the opposite. You write, and then inspiration hits. When inspiration does finally hit, it makes writing seem like the fun pastime it originally started as–but until then, it’s more of a real… *gulp*… job.
Another thing Camp NaNo has done is force me to challenge myself. I have done things in the past two weeks that I had no idea I could do (such as write 6K words in a day). The word wars I have with my friends are not just fun, they develop me as a writer. I have to come up with something to write (and sometimes outline it beforehand) and then I have to put it down and force myself not to erase it, even if it’s crap. A lot of what I’ve written in the past half month has been crap, and it’s embarrassing, but I’m still proud of myself for writing it and leaving it alone instead of scrapping it all.
The story is kind of dragging at the moment… partially because I’m about to write a war segment, and I have zero clue about how to do that. I need to stop and do some research, really… but alas, in Camp NaNo you have to keep pushing ahead. I’m considering going back and fleshing out Part 1 instead of going forward with the war section, but we’ll see what my crazy little mind chooses to do.
I wish I could tell you more about the novel without giving too much away. I guess I’ll just have to hurry up and finish it so everything can be revealed 🙂
Thanks for reading! Can’t wait to announce that I’ve hit that magical number, 50K!
Yep, as a matter of fact, I DO know it’s only the 9th. But I’ve already hit that glorious milestone of 25,000 words. 25K in 9 days? I definitely think yes. It’s been a roller coaster of craziness but ohhhhh so worth it.
My novel is actually up to over 40K now, which tells me I’m almost halfway through. I’ve already passed several big events in my story, and if it weren’t for some things that went horribly wrong for my dear MCs, there would have been a happily ever after by now. I won’t give all the twists and turns away, but I will say that things probably won’t go the way you expected them to, and I’m hoping that when you read the novel you’ll be on the edges of your seats, begging me to just go ahead and SAVE THEM ALREADY!!
I’m aiming for a little bit more of a “realistic” feel with this novel, not necessarily the “3 acts and done” formula. They succeed at one thing, but fail at another, and it sets off a whole new avalanche of problems. There are various love stories with various results, instead of the typical “love triangle crutch” (yes, I’m sorry, it IS becoming a crutch these days). I think it will be surprising, fresh, and hopefully enjoyable reading that won’t leave you clinically depressed or scoffing at cliches at the end.
To any writers who follow me who still haven’t tried anything like Script Frenzy or NaNoWriMo, what are you waiting for?? It really is a fantastic way to move your story along. Please, try it next time. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you really go for it and give it your all.
Happy Weekend!! 🙂