It’s day 11 and I’m about to run into my first major stumbling block.
And it’s my fault.
At least this time I’m seeing it coming a few days before it hits.
I struggled with my daily quota yesterday, barely topping 1700 words.
I haven’t brainstormed my story enough.
This is a major problem. I was writing a few scenes in chapter 3 that I came to realize should be happening a little later in the book. In the meantime I made plans to go back and beef up chapter 2. This is giving me the opportunity to put in maybe another 5000 words, maybe 7500 at the maximum.
Roughly 4 days worth of word count because I hit a wall.
I know that wall. I’m familiar with that wall. That wall is what has caused me to fail every other time in NaNoWriMo. I know every brick, I know the texture, the color, the taste and I know it’s smell.
It smells terrible, let me tell you.
Here’s what usually happens:
I usually don’t see it coming. It usually hits me one night when I’m about 500 words in for the day and boom! Uh oh. I have nowhere to go and I’m stalled, so I don’t make quota that day.
The next day, I procrastinate. I don’t write during the day. I don’t look at the text and I try and brainstorm in my head but panic is lurking so I shy away. That night, I get home and I don’t write.
The day after that, I’m faced with almost a 3 day backlog in word count. 5000 words maybe and with the lack of direction and ideas, I quail and do not write. I will read, watch a movie and go to sleep in shame.
On day 4, it’s over. I haven’t admitted it yet, so I’ll maybe put down 200 words, if any. It’s clear the battle is lost.
Here’s the problem:
It’s my fault. I didn’t prepare enough. I didn’t brainstorm enough.
I fucked up in the sense that I’m skipping over quite a bit in an effort to get the story “moving” and instead of setting a good pace, it’s setting a too quick pace and turning a rich story that should be full of intrigue and subplots into a novella that’s pretty much a dash to finish in 30K.
I don’t have a good sense of the plot in between the start and finish. The events I’m thinking of writing about seem kind of random.
I like my characters but I also don’t have a sense of their motivation. Normally this is revealed as I write, but since there’s a bit more intrigue then I’m used to, this isn’t coming out quite yet.
All of this can be put down to not having a enough details in my notes and outline before starting.
Here’s what’s GOING to happen THIS time:
The good news is, unlike previous years, it’s not too late.
I have roughly 4 more days of word count with the notes I have. I have a good start, I know where I want the story to end. It has potential.
I need to figure out what I want to happen in between. I have to answer some problematic questions which have cropped up in the few days.
What I’m going to do today is brainstorm those questions and plot. I’ll put up a separate post with what I’m thinking about. Writing about it will make things gel in my head, it always does. I always welcome suggestions of course.
By the end of the week (maybe the end of the day if all goes well) I will have a solid, written outline with detailed plot points to hit.
I’m going to find something that’s worth taking 100 thousand words to write. It’s there, I just have to get it out.