Since it’s become somewhat of a routine, I’ll start with my current word count again. As of right now, my novel consists of 32,493 words and today’s goal is 36,000. So, even though I am still behind, I did catch up a little and reached my personal goal of passing the 30K mark during week three.
Week three has been a bit strange for me though. It wasn’t as dreadful as Week two, but I did feel like inspiration wasn’t exactly on my side. More often than not, I was sitting in front of my laptop, wondering what on earth I could possibly write. I was supposed to have reached the halfway point of my story, not just my writing, but I felt a little lost. By now, I think I’ve actually accomplished getting beyond that mid-point and am now looking forward to tying up all the loose ends during the next week. I have some sort of idea where the story is supposed to end, but as I am making most of it up as I go along it might just turn out a little different than I thought.
The problem with making it up on the way is that it’s easy to get stuck. You didn’t think it through and therefore have no major plot points to hold on to. During the last weeks I found several things you can do, when you have no idea how to continue your story:
- Do something crazy! Whether it’s introducing an odd character who’ll be gone in a couple of chapters never to return again or turning your main character’s life upside down by giving him/her amnesia – just try it! I had my doubts if that would work, but it just makes writing more interesting again. The thing is, when you’re bored writing something, the reader will probably be bored reading it, so don’t be afraid of spicing things up every once in a while. It doesn’t mean that you have to leave it in your final draft.
- Let your characters go on a road trip! Sounds simple because it really is that simple. I thought it didn’t fit my story at all, but then I kept thinking about it and just wrote it and it was fun and opened my story up for a lot of new possibilities.
- Play the “What if” game! What if the worst possible thing happens to my character? What if my character gets exactly what he/she wants? Think it through and you might find a new angle to your story.
There are tons of other things you can do, such as writing prompts, word sprints or looking through the motivational speeches NaNo sends you every week (by authors such as Stephanie Perkins and the likes). Whatever you do, don’t give up in the last week! I know that NaNo isn’t for everyone and it’s completely up to you if you want to throw the towel or not, but I have to write about 2,000 words every day to get to 50,000 and I don’t know if I’ll make it, but I’ll definitely try!
Happy writing everyone! How are you doing so far?