Big Sigh. Yep NaNoWriMo was a big FAIL. I was sick the week before and after a great start on day one I just couldn’t figure out where I was going. So after spending a week not writing I decided to try to figure out what the problem was and start dealing with that. The short answer, after some soul searching and research, is that I needed a very detailed plan to cope with such a big daily word output.
This then led to the realization that I didn’t know how to do that, at least not in a way that I was happy with, so I started researching. Firstly I came across Rock Your Plot and purchased the ebook and audio book. There is also a great website with further resources. Then I added to what I learned there with a great post on Advance Fiction Writing. Between these two sites I had created a spreadsheet to start filling out scene by scene.
The next road block I faced was when looking at all the scenes/sequences that I needed to sketch out. I turned to Jim Butcher’s series of posts on Live Journal (he writes the series The Dresden Files) for some advice. Might as well go to a professional whose work I love. His posts made a lot of sense but I still needed something more.
Digging deeper I started to read Story Structure Architect. This had 55 dramatic situations to delve into and now I was starting to get my head around how to weave my story and manage subplots.
There is still much reading and work to do but now I have the beginnings of a structure to weave a story around.
Happy Writing 🙂
So today it begins. I have been thinking all week that I just couldnt see where I was going to get the time each day to write. Not without something else having to give. I thought I was going to have to face defeat before even starting. Dread for today was all I was feeling and a sense of loss.
Then this morning in bed I said to my partner that today was the day if I was going to do NaNoWriMo but I feared I just couldn’t pull it off. And then I was given the sweetest and scariest gift. The offer was made to put our eldest to bed each night during November and give me that time to write. This is often a few hows of quiet. Now I have no excuse. The nerves have kicked in but I will just have to put that aside and start writing tonight.
Good luck fellow writers 🙂
- Intro Post for NaNoWriMo (swimlindsey.wordpress.com)
- How I Prepared for NaNoWriMo (thesisterseternal.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo… sort of (karavansara.wordpress.com)
So after getting ready to try out my short story plan my life took a turn for the busy and I only managed to write on two days and produce approx 300 words per 30 min block. What should have been obvious to me was that I needed to have a tighter plan for the actual story outline, something as detailed as the structure with word count plan. I had planned this for the 50, 000 word story but thought I might be able to manage without this for 5000 words. Ah no. Big fail. Also I never did actually decide when or how I was going to get time to write. Yeah that doesn’t work either.
Ok back to the drawing board. I have 23 days to research and produce a plan for how I am going to tackle NaNoWriMo 2013 with some possibility for success. I have two weeks off work, I am having surgery, not life threatening but it will provide me with time to scope out this problem and provide a workable solution. I think the things I need to tackle are:
- Time management
- Story research
- Detailed daily story points overview
I am going to have to trust that the only way to succeed is to not give up. Its a bit like getting my degree. I did unit after unit over serveral years towards a very specific goal. This time the end goal is becoming a published novelist. Although this is more like external studies where you have a task that you do by yourself outside of the rigid structure of attending classes.
The first unit I am doing is ‘NaNoWriMo – Producing 50, 000 words in a month’. I remember many a unit that I took, especially in the beginning, when I doubted that I could pass it and therefore fail to gain my degree. In the end it was that I never gave up no matter how much I doubted myself. I would just try to look at the task I had in front of me at that moment and get on with it. This is just the same. The doubt is still there. I never feel like I can do something until I have done it. Sometimes I did fail a unit. The only thing to do was go straight back and try again. The second time around I always wondered why I thought this was hard the first time. The road to success for me seems plagued with doubt and some failure but it is a road to success.
So nothing to do but keep trying.
Goodnight and good luck fellow writers 🙂
I have signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. Deep breath. I don’t know at this point if this is even realistic. I would love to be able to get a large enough piece of work done so that I can spend time shaping it.
I seem to spend time starting but I don’t even get to a middle or end. Maybe I am not creating enough of an outline to work with. Or maybe this is like uni and without a deadline I dont know how to put pressure on myself to get this first piece done.
Only one way to really find out. Do it.
Good Luck fellow writers 🙂