I promised I'd keep you updated on my OctAnNoNaNoWriMowithNoGuilt-o pursuits (yes, that's October and November National Novel Writing Month with No Guilt. Don't you love a good acronym?)
Word count as of this morning: uh... 5,062. *sheepish look*
I was aiming for 10K a week. That way, in six or so weeks, I could finish my novel plus have time to think things through as I write. But it's been eleven days since I started this challenge, and I've been averaging under 500 words a day.
It's not for lack of trying or time. I've been working quite hard. It's just that I don't know what I'm doing. The past eleven days have been a struggle.
First, I wrote the beginning two chapters of Project Demo. They were absolute crap and made me doubt everything, my story, my characters, my talent. I was ready to scrap the whole idea. Then, as a last ditch effort, I decided to give up on writing in chronological order and to instead write the one scene I could see vividly, the scene which which had inspired the whole novel. I wrote it in an hour. It was really good. My writing partner thinks so, too. She told me I better not scrap anything.
From there, I was inspired to write another three scenes. Then I outlined my story, tried to figure out where in the novel these disparate scenes would fall, and if there were any other scenes I could write while I was avoiding the beginning. I thought about my character, how she would tell her story, and suddenly her voice was speaking in my head. It was amazing. I knew exactly how she'd start the novel, and generally how she'd structure everything. She's a little uptight like that.
So I went back to the beginning, and rewrote it with the character's voice.
There are still quite a few holes and unknowns. I'm not sure I'm ready to tell the story in chronological order yet. I'm certainly not to a place where I can write 10K a week.
But there's a reason I'm calling this challenge "NoGuilt-o." Hopefully at the end of all this I'll have a novel worth saving. I'll keep you posted.