Surviving NaNoWriMo Week 3
Week 3 has begun and I am still slightly ahead of schedule (35,052 words as of this posting). I’m just hitting the meat of my story, and I’m finding this a bit more challenging.
Do I need to write every detail or can I skim over Kate’s assignments to jump to the next part? Is this too graphic? Should I key it down some? Do I need to add visuals to every cellphone conversation? How do I get from where she is now to where she is going? What’s happening with Martin?
I’ve always had a bit of trouble with the middles and tying everything all together. I’m trying hard to write it well the first time, and that’s kind of defeating the literary abandon that is the NaNoWriMo purpose too.
This novel writing stuff really is tough. Maybe I should go back to the one scene at a time writing that has become so familiar to me through the art of flash fiction writing. It seems to move a little easier that way, leaving room for fabulous cliffhangers that make me think. Returning to write another scene becomes easier.
Part of it is because I haven’t been motivated to write. Some days I will write nothing, then spend the entire next day burning out in chunks of 4,000 words. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as a whole, but for NaNo?
It’s a little defeating.I’m not letting it get me down too much.
My story has moved along now in directions I don’t have answers for. This makes it a little tough too, as I wait for my muse to get out of bed and fill my imagination.
Perhaps I’ll find inspiration in the way my grilled cheese browns at lunch today (Glee anyone?).
So, tell me, my fellow Wrimos…
What is the hardest part of writing these 50,000 words for you? How is it coming together? What are you doing to motivate yourself to keep writing?