How is week one of NaNoWriMo going you ask?
My novel is turning out something like this:
And Lorelai Gilmore would like to add “monkey monkey underpants” to my word count as well. I relate a lot to her in this clip.
Some parts of my novel are coming out great. I really like some of the names I’ve come up with. Some of the themes in my novel blow my mind at their awesomeness and cleverness. Most of my novel, though, looks like this:
She hears rustling behind her. Her dog is dumb and doesn’t move. Someone is following her.
She dries the laptop off as best she can. She shoves it in her bag along with her other things. She walks back to the square. The ugly dude is gone. The stocks sit there, empty.
On the grounds where the ancient cathedral used to be, there is a small house with the light on. It’s where he lives with his adopted father, Garrett. Maybe Garrett has a title. Like Hippie Garrett. But that’s dumb.
My perfectionist brain doesn’t like this. Doesn’t like this at all. My perfectionist brain should have planned better for NaNoWriMo with an outline or something.
I think this experience has taught me that I like outlines.
I also think I would like the creative process a little more if I could take it slowly.
I’ve felt mostly stressed and overwhelmed through this process. I thought I could just sit down and have fun and the words would just come! Magic and unicorns!
I think I will like the editing process a lot better. I’m also trying as best I can to just have fun and not care whether it’s “good” or not. Sometimes I’m able to turn of the Doubt-inator inside my head but I haven’t been able to this weekend and I’ve only written 600 words in two days. That puts me about 2000 words behind. I spend a lot of time staring at the computer screen.
My novel has turned into a stream of consciousness and pointing out my own plot holes so that I’ll keep moving. It makes me laugh and have a little more fun when I do that. But it also gives me the sads that my novel isn’t very good.
The thing I’ve learned the most is THAT I MISS BLOGGING!!!!! SO MUCH!!!! I love knowing exactly what I need to write (i.e. a book review) and thinking of a creative way to say it. I love the satisfaction of finishing something and publishing it! I don’t get that with my novel :(
This has been a good learning experience for me. I’m learning a lot about myself that I wouldn’t know otherwise. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that I DO want to write a novel…maybe just not in 30 days next time. However, I am
stubborn determined to finish this since I started it if for no other reason than I want Scrivener half off. That program delights my obsessive, organized brain.
No Joey! A dinosaur wouldn’t quit and neither will I!!
Any of you have any writing tips?