WriMos, it’s that time again! We’ve passed the half-way mark in the month of November — crazy, huh? If you feel like you’re falling behind or you just want to have a few buddies to write with, we encourage you to jump in on a word sprint or two. If you’re on Twitter, there are tons of sprints happening around the clock (check out the #wordsprint hashtag, and follow @NaNoWordSprints). Our own Lauren Garafalo (@LaurenGarafalo) has also been organizing daily sprints on the #ROW80 hashtag. Drop in for encouragement, chatting, and some structured writing time!
Mini-Mashup of Awesome
Julie Isaac explains how NaNo is really four goals in one. NaNo, she writes, is a process and not simply about splurging out 50,000 words.
Over at Writers in the Storm, Elizabeth Craig offers 15 tips for writing murder mysteries. Em found it really useful in terms of her process, e.g. how soon she revealed the body, and gave her lots to think about. without being too detailed.
Jami Gold offers a great overview of the “Fast Draft” method, a technique for “getting the framework of our story down as fast as possible — without worrying about what it looks like.” There are definitely some useful tips that we WriMos can tap into as we speed our way through our own novels this month.
I looked at my check-in last Friday and had to laugh. I actually said I enjoyed the numbers part of this challenge when for most of week 2 the numbers have been the bane of my life! I won’t go into details here but basically the software I was using moved sections of my work and then a huge chunk seemed to be missing from my word count and then miraculously re-appeared the next day! If you want to know the details you can check out my ROW80 Check-in here which tells all the gory details. I have to say it really threw me. The numbers are let’s face it the point of NaNo and it was frustrating to say the least when my word count wasn’t matching what I knew I had written. But it seems to be sorted and I am backing up my words daily just in case!
My week 2 worry about my plot and whether I had raced through it has subsided and I know where I am heading from here to the end. I think! I don’t regret choosing to write my first murder mystery for NaNo (I wasn’t in the right head place for chick lit) but I worry that my inexperience in the genre might mean the editing stage is hideous. But you know what I decided? That I will worry about that when I edit. I have not edited as I have gone along but I have thrown in alot of red herrings and false trails and I will need to check they make sense! I decided to make another character a suspect last night so I need to check what I have written for him when I edit. I need to check for consistency for all my characters. I will also be looking out for repeated phrases. There is way too much nodding, sighing, coffee drinking and sitting down! But that can be ironed out!
Whew, it’s been a rollercoaster sort of week writing-wise. I hit a bit of a wall last weekend where I suddenly hated my novel with the passion of a thousand burning suns, and didn’t even want to look at it, let alone think about it. But after lots of advice, I realized that I was approaching things the wrong way. I was trying to focus on writing in a linear path, and getting bogged down in transition scenes and lots of world-building details.
I still don’t feel like this is the most brilliant tale ever written, and I’m trying to accept it. There are glimmers of hope here and there, passages and conversations that have a spark of something special in the depths, but I am going to have to do a lot of editing once November is through. Like Em mentioned, I’m doing my best not to dwell on it, and to focus instead on the process of bringing this story to life. I’m trying to listen to my characters and focus on their needs; hopefully that can carry me through the rest of the month!
How’s everyone else doing?
Are you making your way past the dreaded slump that seems to have zapped everyone’s energy last week? Any tweaks or changes that you’re making to the ways that your writing approach? Tell us how it’s going!
-Em and Lena