Where’s Your Mojo? NaNoWriMo Week 3 Encouragement
Week 3 comes to a close. Are you ahead of schedule, a little behind, or right on word count? Many of you are just hitting the meat of your story, and finding this a bit more challenging. You ask yourself tons of questions trying to keep you mojo going.
- Do I need to write every detail or can I skim over whatever the MC is doing to jump to the next part?
- Is this scene 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 my antagonist?
For me, I’ve always had a bit of trouble with the middles and tying everything all together. I struggle to write longer works because I’ve conditioned myself to write tightly, making every word count. I’m a perfectionist, so I try to write it well the first time, and for me, that’s kind of defeating the literary abandon that is the NaNoWriMo purpose too. This novel writing stuff really is tough.[bctt tweet=”This novel writing stuff is really tough. #nanowrimo @theauthorSAM #writingtips #ourwriteside” username=”OurWriteSide”]
To power through week 3, I take a step back and examine my normal writing techniques. I mean, these work for me, so maybe I should go back to writing one scene at a time, one after the other, since this is what is 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.
Sometimes the problem is a lack of motivation, especially as the end of the month approaches. 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. If you’re in this rut, don’t let it get you down too much. The daily word count on your NaNo profile is a suggestion. Wherever your word count stands, it’s a word more than you had before. No matter what your word count is on the last day, it’s still one more word than you started November with.
To me, that’s winning.
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?