NaNoWriMo 2015 – Week 2

Two weeks down and two weeks to go for NaNoWriMo 2015. My goal for this weekend was to hit 27,000 words before I stopped writing today. I am incredibly excited to report that I am currently at 30,051 words. Woohoo! I might give myself the evening off because I’m a bit sleepy and because I’ve hit a little bit of a block. I can feel the solution rattling around in the back of my head, and maybe a break from writing will get it to make itself known.

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The big challenge of this week has been figuring out how to progress the story. The characters have been introduced (though I’d already like to go back and add more about them) and the main problems to be addressed have been presented. I know where I want the story to get to, but the path there has been a bit hazy.

But I know the solution is going to present itself at some point. It might wake me up in the middle of the night or it might distract me at work tomorrow. We’ll see. It’s just part of the excitement of pantsing NaNoWriMo.

Even with a bit of struggle this week, I think a few things have really helped me. First, I love to read and get completely lost in a story. Writing a novel is pretty much the ultimate getting lost in a story and I love it. When I read someone else’s book, I will start thinking ahead to what might happen next. In order to try to see what will happen next in my novel, I get lost in my own story and something usually comes to mind.

Second, I tend to get lost in my own head at times. It’s an annoying and rude habit for those around me. But it helps with this story in that I have no problem with wandering off into my own story in my own head. Now my mental wanderings are put to good use instead of obsessing over things that just don’t help, like reviewing mistakes I’ve made or thinking of all possible scary things that might happen in life. It’s also giving some focus to my imagination, which can run pretty wild. I suppose my wild imagination is another thing that has helped me this week.

The last thing that I’ve noticed this week that has helped is the same practice I use when approaching most of my creative adventures. When I know I will have a limited time to sit and work on something, I mentally start planning it out ahead of time. So when I’m ready to do it, I have a plan and can execute it. Each day I have roughly planned out when I will have time to write. Then I think about what part I want to tackle next while wandering around in my head while doing other things like dishes, laundry, getting ready for work, etc. By the time I sit down to write, I usually have a good start on what I want to write. At the very least, I have an idea of things to tweak in the last section I wrote which usually flows into what will happen next.

I’m looking forward to weeks 3 and 4. Having passed the halfway point for words has helped a great deal with making this whole crazy plan to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days seem possible.

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