As you may know, I’ve been participating in Novel Writing Month. Just thought I would do a follow-up.
- I am writing every day, but not always my mark of 1650 words. Some days more, some less. One day I rewrote the entire scene I had previously written because I came up with a much better way to set the stage for what I was trying to accomplish. Technically that day was a wash.
- The hardest thing so far has been remembering to update my word count every day on the website. I need to do that today- as soon as I blog. Hoping I remember my password. (to give you a hint as to when I last updated and it’s only November 8)
- I am liking the way my main character is developing- she is funny and a bit of a bitch. Sort of like me, except we know I am not funny
- I’ve come up with the major arcs and plot points. I think they are solid- the most solid of anything I have ever had in a novel. I truly believe this is due to my writing class. My class is allowing me to think of a story in ways I never imagined. In class we break down dialogue, plot, description. Especially point of view. I had been writing in 3rd person. When I switched to 1st it brought the book to life for me. When you think about these things as devices, it’s a whole new world- which brings me to:
- Being a writer and being a story teller are two different things. I may have a flair for words- I can usually get my point across in a piece. But telling a story- oh- that’s an art. How do get from point A to point B- that’s the difference between a writer and an author- so
- I need to learn how to bridge the gaps – fill in the timeline of the major events. But these moments can’t always be filler. These little moments can help you shape your characters and your story. I need to learn to use the fillers wisely. I think I’m getting it. I hope so anyway.
- An outline is great, but sometimes you have to throw it out the window. I had a way that I wanted my story to go, but as I’m writing, I’m discovering new possibilities. I’m going with my instinct. I don’t always go with my instinct, so this is a bit of a trial for me, but so far so good!!!
- Here’s one I need help with if you can. One of my beliefs in life. as well as in this novel is that the longer the people are friends, the less boundaries they have. I truly believe it and I see it in my life. When I presented the first chapter to my class, one person adamantly disagreed with me- she felt boundaries got tighter. This is not a right or wrong- I am using the boundary disappearing in the book, but for my own clarification- long friendships- more or less boundaries?
- I can’t write with my family around, or awake. They are a distraction. I guess that the problem with being the perfect spouse and Mom- I’m always in demand
- I now walk around thinking of scenes that can be included in the book. It’s a good thing I’m organized because I can’t multi task at all. I see everything through the eyes of my characters. just be happy I’m not writing about a serial killer
- I am very loose with grammar and punctuation (which I know is opposite my need for order and perfection) I think that when people get overly fixated on grammar and punctuation, they begin to loose the playfulness that writing can be. Personally, I’d rather read a not grammatically correct interesting clever book, than a punctuation perfect but illogical or unsatisfying one. Personally, I think I read too quickly to catch mistakes of commas and periods. My brain assumes they are right. Bad plot points or characterizations that are inconsistent- well those I pounce on in a heartbeat. My brain will not overcome that. That’s where my need for order and logic prevail.
- I need a desk chair. A good one. My body may never recover. My daughter asked me the other day what I wanted for a holiday gift. A desk chair. I know my family doesn’t read my blog, but I believe I will leave this part on the bulletin board. oh wait. My family never looks at that either…..
So there you go!! Hoping all your writing is going well!!