Well, we’re deep into week 2 of Nanowrimo and this can be a time when writing starts to get harder. The new shininess of the idea can start to fade around 20,000 words, and some folks are already feeling like their writing isn’t what they hoped it would be.
One of my writing buddies emailed me saying he feels like his novel is lame and he wasn’t sure what to do. I know I’ve written about a day’s worth of words on a character that I will probably scrap in the end, but I’m keeping those words for now and just moving on. That’s the thing about Nanowrimo, you just have to keep looking forward, keep writing, and hopefully, unlock your inner magic. Worrying about what you’ve already written will only bog you down.
To be honest, my novel feels like it’s writing itself, and I’m loving the feeling of free drafting, but there will be edits. There will always be edits. That’s just life for a writer. So, to all of you out there who are feeling like your novel isn’t the shiny gem you hoped it would be, don’t lose hope now. If there is a place you feel your plot took a wrong turn, go back to that spot and change it, but don’t delete what you already wrote. Just re-write from that place where you went wrong and keep on going. You still wrote those words earlier this month, they still count, and maybe there are some hidden gems in there that will surprise you in December when you read through your November madness. Magic happens!
Good luck in the coming weeks. My blog has been a little more quiet than I’d like, but this is such a busy time of year with Nanowrimo and the holidays fast approaching. I will definitely be more active in December on the blog.
Another last tip for you Nano Novelists: If you’re feeling stuck, go outside and take a walk or a bike ride, or whatever. Nature is the best cure for writer’s block and exercise really gets the blood moving and back to your brain. You might just have an epiphany while out on the trail. I did yesterday, and it really helped.
Are you doing Nanowrimo? How’s it going?