NaNoWriMo – Half way through and barely started
In the midst of trying to write a novel in a month, I have to write blog posts.
And it is time for me to face the fact – I am not writing a novel this month.
I wanted to…I told myself I was going to be disciplined. I was going to be loyal to my goal. I was going to write like a mad woman, sleep less, and be creative ALL the time!
Truth is I started out the month trying to recover from a cold/flu and sleep became a necessary and spending time with friends became more fun than hiding in the darkness of my room with only the glow of the computer screen for company.
Enough complaining…I’ve barely started but I want to muse about my process. I am working on a character and part of the story that I have not fully conceptualize. I have a method of writing…it normally consists of just writing what comes to me, when it comes to me. NaNoWriMo forces me to force the story out of a sluggish and cantankerous muse. I have written a good portion of the story already (last years NaNoWritMo) but I discovered that I was only telling one character’s story and I did not want her voice to be the only one. I needed to make the story I was telling fuller, deeper, more alive and real.
This is a good thing – making the story a better story. The problem rests in the fact that only that character’s story came to me freely and full of inspiration. The other character’s stories are more like shadows and mysteries. I am stuck trying to understand a character that I don’t fully understand. I know I’m the author. I should know my characters and that is why I’ve barely started.
So, I’m working through my writer’s block or character block by slowly writing scenes that I do know and understand, in which these characters feature prominent roles. I am hoping that these scenes will slowly fill the gap in my story and bring life to my characters.
Posted on November 15, 2013, in Characters, Characters, Inspiration, Plot, Rachel Burkholder, World Creation, Writing Hints and Helps and tagged character development, inspiration, NaNoWriMo. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.