I’ve kinda sorta broke through some of the issues I had lately, getting the narrative back on track. I had to skip to an emotionally damaging scene at the [beginning of the end] of part 3, and after that, I jumped back to where I actually stopped and pushed through. Worked, too.
After a week of relatively weak word counts of around 1000 per day, I’ve finally managed to push past the ideal 1667 today. And I have things to do for the next little bit, a good vision of how I get what I have now to where said damaging scene should fit.
Hitting the 50k shouldn’t be a problem. But the story won’t be as close to being finished as I wanted it be by that time. Still, hitting that number was the goal. Everything else will get fixed in post.
The title. Right there, it sums up everything I’m feeling about my NaNoWriMo story.
I began part 3 in an interesting way. It’s just a piece of monologue from what could be considered a bad guy. The main character can hear him, but is paralyzed, which is also established in that monologue. At the end of that scene, a big twist.
And then it all just sucks. 3000, 4000 words of blah blah blah that just doesn’t feel good. I sort of kind of know what I want, but don’t know how to get there.
What I am sure off is what comes after all of that.
So, for the first time in my NaNoWriMo project, I need to skip a few scenes. Up until now, I was able to just keep on keeping on. Scene after scene, I managed to follow the narrative in a straight line. But now I need to take a leap of faith, skip some things, and write what I already know comes next.
Hopefully, this will illuminate the missing links. Somehow, what happens next after next will give insights into what happened before in better detail.
I’m at something over 34k of words now. And I finally—finally—finished part 2. And I’m only 4,000 words over what I planned!
Now, I know what you’re thinking.
“Who is this guy? And why is he yelling at me?”
My initial idea was to spend something around 20k words on part 2. And after finishing part one, a planned 10k, with only a few hundred over, I thought this will be the same.
But it wasn’t Ha. Ho.
I know of a few places where I talk too much. Give some characters more knowledge than is necessary for the story. All that can be cut. Not down to 20k, I don’t think so. But all in all, I think this will end up being a lot closer to what I wanted it to be.
I’m just glad I pushed past it. I thought I wouldn’t be able to, really. Things just kept popping up. Characters doing stupid things without asking me prior. But all of it made sense for a more cohesive experience, I suppose. So.
I’m thinking of sharing some stuff right from inside the dungeon—err I mean file that contains the story.
Maybe I prep something this weekend. Don’t count on it, but get excited regardless.
And let me know how your NaNo is going! Let’s exchange words over words of words about words, yes?
And that’s okay. It is, really. Let me illustrate something here.
This is my current (Nov 12, 8am) word count graph as presented by the NaNoWriMo site. As you can see, I started off strong, but then puttered along for almost a week with some good days, some really bad days.
But there, at day 7, a massive spike in words.
Looking at the graph, you can see exactly which days I worked my day job. And you can see when I had time to give her my best. The increase at the end of the first week feels really good to see visualized. Yeah, I didn’t hit my personal goal of 30,000 and the end of part 2 as I planned, but I did amazingly well, regardless. Day 7, I wrote something over 6,000 words, which is my second best writing day to date (the best day being Nov 1, when I hit over 10,000).
So, I see no reason to be discouraged. I’m still way ahead of the game. Part 2 is almost done. Got my wanna-be heroes where I want them to be for it, and all I need now is a chapter to take away all hope for them. So they’re ready for part 3, which has a forecast of slight showers of gloom with high-pressure rise in anxiety.
PS: I’m planing on creating some sort of simple spreadsheet to but my process into even more and prettiererst graphs and tables. Unless someone knows of a site that does that for you by simply entering one’s NaNo name? Let me know.