Thursday, November 29, 2012

I need to Wri more next Mo

I am limping towards the end of NaNoWriMo. The trouble with not being a plotter, is that you need things to happen for other things to happen and sometimes when those things happen you end up in plot quicksand. You know you're probably there for a reason, but you're damned if you can work out why.

You follow?

So I'm at 43,000 words for the month of November. My story, which until now has unfolded from my brain as thought it were there the whole time and I just needed to find it, has hit the quicksand. I have thrown everything at it that I can think of: a little mystery, a fight scene, some humour, an unexpected character. Everything.

And still I sink deeper into the mire.

I think part of the problem is that I'm in entirely new territory, working on a children's book. It's the most fun I've had in... forever... but it's, well, new. The scope is huge, the characters are larger-than-life, the adventure is rollicking (one hopes), and I am following Mr8's advice to 'throw in a battle' at every opportunity.

Me and swords, we're like 'this'. *crosses fingers*

Two days to go. Looks like I'll be Wri more next Mo.

Actually, I'm wondering if I can include this blog post in my NaNoWriMO total. After all, writing about the story's gotta count, right?

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you nearly there... or writing the words The End over and over to get your tally up?


  1. I've actually just had a little cry because I've just plotted out my final scenes, and I've rocked it! So the same little cry I had when I ran my first 10km race, the same little cry when I finished my thesis. A lovely little cry,

    1. Hooray for you! Those are the best kind of little cries.

  2. I am going to give it a go next year for sure!!
    What age is your book targeted at?
    Did you ever come up with a Dad's name?

    1. Excellent questions all round and you should definitely give it a go. Book is aimed at 10+ and I think the Dad's name will be Bey. Can't remember who came up with that one!

  3. I reckon a few more adjectives, some superfluous detail, some pensive thinking about thinking scenes (note tautology - that will give you some more words for your word count) and you will be done!

    1. Oh I am trying all those things and still it makes no sense...

  4. Nice way to analise your blog :) Will count my words too from now thanks


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