The Half-Way Mark!That’s right…I’m 15 days into NaNoWriMo. I’ve got my 25,000 words. I’m right where I should be in terms of word count. But I’m a still a sad little panda. Why? Because it’s getting harder to maintain that word count. I’m losing my motivation. I just don’t want to think about it anymore. I’ve gotten my characters past the first bump in the road, so to speak. But it’s starting to seem relatively boring to me. I feel like nothing is really “happening” right now.
Granted, I felt like that through most of the first book, feeling like I was constantly throwing things in to try and keep it entertaining and fun. And what did I learn from that? That my opinions about the story were not very accurate. If everyone’s being honest with me, then I wrote something that was actually decent.
So here I find myself trying to think of new things to toss in to just spice things up and asking myself if I need to. I’ve often been told that if the writer is no longer having fun writing it, then the reader will not have fun reading it. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done so far, but I’m just starting to feel that little nagging voice in the back of my head again – warning me that I’m on the edge of drudgery.
My story needs some excitement but everything I’ve planned for, everything that’s been outlined – it all happens just a little beyond where I am now. I need something to upset the balance right now. It seems that every time I write myself into a corner, I’ve managed to pull out with something I wasn’t expecting and use it to my advantage. However, I’m not sure what that might be this time. I should be writing right now; I’ve a word count of ZERO so far for today, and I’m afraid that may not change. Luckily, I’ve already passed the word count for today, so I could technically take the day off.
But I don’t want to do that. I can’t fall behind because I’ll never catch up. So I’m trying to keep pushing ahead.
So what’s my plan to keep my motivation up? It’s not very fancy or clever — it’s just to get interested again. I’ve got to throw in something unplanned and let it twist the plot around and around until it’s finally moving forward again. It’s like… when you get writer’s block… they tell you to leave your computer, don’t force yourself, and to do something else. Well, my story is facing its own block, and so I’m intending to take it somewhere else and let it do something different, so it can move beyond this.
And somehow it still has to fit into the story as if it always belonged there. If I fail at that, I’ve always got December for revising and rewriting (and likely, many more months after that.)
So, back to the Word Document. Wish me luck!