NaNo ’16: Like Pulling Teeth

And so it began…

If you look at the counter to the right, you’ll notice that I’m still ahead of the curve by a little bit. Which is awesome.

My start, however, has been a rough one.

For two reasons:

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NaNoWriMo 2015 — 30 Days Later

Today is December 1.

That means NaNoWriMo is now over.

Over the past month, I’ve written some updates on my progress during this annual November challenge to write 50,000 words. Mostly anecdotal stuff, nothing special. More like pouring out some thoughts on my current state. Let me now take some time getting into the meat of what that month was like for me.Read More »

NaNoWriMo 2015 — The Banner

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So that happened today. 50,236 words to finish the challenge.

Now to finish the novel.

Detailed post about my experience, the novel, some nifty graphs, and all that good stuff coming at the end of November or so.

Yay!

NaNoWriMo 2015 — Final Stretch

Eight days left.

6,342 words to go.

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.

Right?

I don’t know what happens next, but the stuff after that rocks!

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.

Anybody else having to do this?