It could be that I’ve spent the past ten days writing 24000 words of crap, but it feels so good not to be stuck any more. I’m glad I went with this book instead of the one I originally had planned.
Here’s my process, for those who are interested:
- Get an inkling of an idea.
- Decide on characters.
- Start writing and see what happens.
- Promise to let the story tell itself.
- Stubbornly refuse to make the FMC either a self-insert or a Mary Sue.
- Realize that I now know the perfect ending scene and stubbornly refuse to write it yet.
- Let the story wend its way toward it, but try not to be sad if/when it takes a left turn.
- Understand that 50,000 words are only the germ of a first rough draft.
- Commit to taking a few more months to flesh it out, shake out the fruit, and see if it’s worth salvaging.
I got excited today because I’m close to 25k, but that’s not halfway through the book. It might be a third of the way through. I still have plenty of room for character development, trauma, plots that twist like the honeysuckle vine in my garden, falling in and out of love with the main characters, and dreaming about them. When I get to that last one, I know the story’s really taken hold for me.
NaNo participant or not, how’s your writing going?