Near the End…

It’s almost the end of NaNoWriMo, it’s a scary thought. I’ve discovered many important things over the past few weeks that I will carry with me into the future.

Lesson 1: Distractions can happen anytime, anywhere.
-Whether your at home, a coffee shop, in your car, in a small box out back, you can be swept away by the simplest of things. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I have learnt from many from my distractions and sometimes I just needed a break from the scene. It resets the thought process. The down side is the words won’t write themselves.

Lesson 2: The creative block.
-When writers block happens and there seems to be no way over the wall, keep writing. You can always go back and delete what you’ve written or change it. I’ve surprised myself countless times after these moments.

Lesson 3: The force.
-Don’t force the story to go where it doesn’t want to go. I tried to and ended up deleting two hours of hard work because I wasn’t listening to what the story was telling me. I wanted the character to help my protagonist and the story wanted that character to die. Killing him off was way easier, it gave the story flow that I couldn’t force no matter how hard I tried.

Lesson 4: Write.
-Write, write, write. Take a pee break then write some more. When I gave myself more time to write, the story was given a steady flow over longer periods of time. If I had to stop in the middle of a scene due to having to work, sleep, eat, or drive someone somewhere, I found that scene to be choppy. The times I was able to write hours on end my scenes became crystal clear and my characters personalities blossomed.

Lesson 4: Get down with it.
Get it down. All those ideas that your brian tosses at you spiral all over the place. Some times your scenes feel like they are mismatched. That’s okay. Knife it later. I already know I want to do a scene shuffle in December. A character comes in out of nowhere will be given a fresh start later and an object that gained importance could be hinted at earlier in the story line.

Lesson 5: 50,000 words.
-One month can equal out to 50,000 words. At first I was nervous I would never accomplish this goal. With only 3,000 more words to go I understand that it is possible.

Well that’s all for today. Time to get back to my manuscript and plug in my tunes to drown out many distractions.

Cheers,
C.B.

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