We’re now a few days into National Novel Writing Month and I’ve gotta say that this year is far, far more difficult than last.
It should be easier, right? I completed the entire month by myself last time, with no real support group. I had no idea what I was doing or getting into. This time I’m a seasoned vet, and I have three buddies working on it as well. We have pep talks! We keep each other on track!
But none of that helps when your story just refuses to flow. I have an outline, I’ve even fleshed out that outline in the last few days. I have 5,052 words. It’s getting there, but it’s taking so much more effort than I remember.
Bits and Pieces ~
- Writing in first-person sucks. I kind of needed to for the story, but it feels awkward.
- My verb tenses are just all over the damned place.
- Who am I writing this for? Adults? Young Adults? Precocious eight-year-olds? How much profanity should I appropriately use if I’m in the head of a 17-year-old?
- Quantum Physics = ????
- Time travel = timelines = plot holes = paradoxes = no stop it get everything straight.
- I don’t actually know if my main characters name has ever been said yet. Or shit, their gender for that matter. Now I question if I should just leave it ambiguous for… reader surrogacy reasons or something. Nah, that’s dumb.
- My weekend is insanely busy- I’m finally running that marathon! But I might get behind on my word counts. Playing catch up on Monday is going to blow.
While I don’t know much about writing… I did try nanowrimo on one of the years but I just did not have the time and it was no silly excuse either, I really didn’t. One of the mantras that year I took for writing however was- don’t sweat about the small stuff just yet, write that sloppy first draft during nanowrimo. So, if you go by the goal of getting a first draft at least out of November, then you could put points 2, 4 and 5 on the backburner for now?
Oh and, silly me, good luck with the marathon and future writing! 🙂