Writing Time: NaNoWriMo #11, Monster Hunters #11

by on Nov.26, 2012, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 4,117 [3]
Total Word Count: 44,383 (Delta: +1,041)
Remaining: 5,617

Today’s writing session was not as productive as I would have liked. Luckily the writing session of the prior days has kept me ahead of the deadline. I’m about half and a half thousand words from finishing and boy do I really want to be done with this. My last NaNoWriMo I felt rather satisfied with the story I wrote, even if knew it wasn’t that good. This one is feeling like my first second NaNoWriMo, except that the cool concepts I wanted aren’t there, and the characters aren’t there… and nothing is there. Because I haven’t written it.

I really am something of an outline at heart, and I haven’t been taking the time to outline, so writing has been somewhat grueling. I really only wrote two and a half thousand words this evening and it took me several hours to do it, and even an hour just to get into the right frame of mind to do it. My goal today was to knock out about three or maybe four thousand words to hopefully finish NaNo by tomorrow. I didn’t. But I might still finish it out tomorrow. We’ll see.

Monster Hunters

There is something here but boy is it rough. This manuscript is totally getting shelved. And when I dust it off next, I’m not even going to try to finish what I have. I’m going to take it, use it as a basis for an outline, and outline a far better story that doesn’t meander so much at the beginning like this one did. Definitely going to do that.

We got to meet one of the other main characters for the first time today. Doctor Wila Sylvan. Zora’s boss. And what does she do? She just kinda rants at her. I was rather surprised. I think I made it make sense but it still bothers me that this is the character’s introduction. She was also intended to be a POV character. So I’m thinking if I go back and write her POV, her reaction is going to make far more sense.

I’ve realized part of the problem with the POVs is that I want there to be a surprise reveal for the reader, that can’t be there if I’m writing from the POV of a bunch of characters already in the know, somewhat, and one character who isn’t. That’s definitely something that needs fixing.

Ahh well. Six thousand more words and then I can fix it all I like…

Writing Buddies

Where as I’m just trudging along, writing in order to stop, CinsAngel and LacyJae are still at it. CinsAngel has broken fifty thousand words! And Lacy Jae just broke sixty thousand words! Both of you are amazing and congratulations!

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