Monday, November 21, 2011

NaNoWriMonday (4)

Word Count: 30027/50000
Day: 21/30
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Like many other bloggers, I am participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month for the first time. I thought it would be fun to touch base each week and see how everyone is progressing, as well as cheer each other on!

Woohoo! Congrats on crossing the halfway mark everyone! I never thought that day would come, for sure. Unfortunately, it's been a busy week and I've gotten a bit behind. Part of my problem is that I feel like I've lost my rhythm. I don't know what happened -- maybe it's the part I'm at in the story, or the fact that I'm on break and have tons of distractions, but writing this past week has been a struggle. I forced myself to hit 30K today, and when I stopped for a break I think I was just getting back into the flow of things. Part of it might have been that I was writing a transition scene, and now I'm getting back into the adventure of the story. I hope to get back on track tonight -- 35K -- so maybe this next part will go more smoothly.

Have you been struggling this past week too? Hitting that halfway mark seems like such a huge milestone, and then you think "but I still have this much more to go!" and it's a little alarming. With that in mind, here's some inspiration for the home stretch.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Author Kristen Lamb is doing a great series on novel structure that offers some in-depth analysis on the key components of building a novel. I find this particularly helpful, as I feel like my NaNo is rather sprawling right now -- hopefully these tips will help me tighten my writing.
  • I also just learned about InkPageant (thanks to Elana Johnson -- a fellow WriMo and awesome author), which is basically a database of great articles on writing and publishing! I encourage you to go over there and browse. There's sure to be something that will catch your eye and inspire you to cross that looming finish line!

Speaking of the finish line -- that's something else I'm worrying about this week. The ending.

Click the image to be taken to another great article on endings.

I have a general idea of how I want my novel to end, but there's also a major complication that I'm not sure how to work out believeably. I talked it over with my very supportive roommate and she offered some great suggestions, but most of them required a sequel of some sort, and I don't really want to go that route. I'm focusing on writing one novel in a month, and I want that story to be self-contained. I'm hoping that things will work themselves out when I get there -- as they have been through this entire process. How about you guys? Do you know how your novel is going to end? Are you planning on spinning out into a sequel? Do you have a great support group to toss ideas with?

Finally, I'll leave you with another piece of wisdom from Maureen Johnson, who has apparently been reading my diary, as she always knows exactly what I need to hear:

“Here’s the thing, though…if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, you are a reader, because all writers are readers. Which means that you must admire many authors. Your shelves are lined with the works of your heroes and sheroes. Every single one of them has crossed the wild country where you are now. Every single one of them has been a resident of The Middle. The ground you’re treading is full of the remains of their old campsites. And somewhere around you, just out of sight, current authors you admire are making their own way across The Middle. What’s nice about NaNoWriMo is that you are traveling with a posse of thousands, all of you making your way over the mountains, through the valleys, across the creeks. You are fighting off the beasties.” 

 What are you struggling with this week, fellow WriMos? Are you slogging your way through The Middle? Just remember, we're all right there with you.

See you next week for the finish line!

^^That would be us, crossing the finish line together.

PS -- Don't forget to check out the YA Novel Discovery Competition, just in time for the end of NaNo next week.


Coreena McBurnie said...

Thanks for this, some great resources. I'm doing all right on my writing now, but last week was terrible. I was feeling uninspired and my novel felt dull. My only solution was just to keep writing anyway. It helps to know other people are feeling the same thing.

barmybex said...

I am so far behind i doubt I'll ever catch up.
Read my post here:

Thanks for the great post. :D

Shelagh said...

Hi Casey. You're doing really well and I wouldn't let yourself get too despondent. Print that quote from Maureen Johnson out and stick it near your computer.

I walked in to NaNo this year thoroughly unprepared with not even a character name in my writing kit. The fact that I did the same thing the last two years running and still haven't 'won' NaNo was freaking me out that I was doomed before I started. But I have an idea of where the story is going and the words have been flowing easier. I intend for my book to be a contained story, but I have so many ideas and the world keeps growing that I think it may be part of at least a trilogy by the time I'm done. Maybe book 2 can be next year's NaNo project. :)

We'll get there!!

The Word Fiend

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