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Day Three: The First Hurdle November 3, 2010

Posted by thejinx in enduring chaos, nanowrimo, writing.
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A restless night of sleep and feeling under the weather all day coupled with a challenging part of the story made for a day of writing that can only be described as adequate.  I added the bare minimum to my novel in an entire day of available writing time – though I will admit satisfaction at having finally finished an 1,100-page book I’ve been working on for some time – equating to all of 1,676 words.

I shouldn’t complain, as I’m still ahead of the game.  I struggled because my two characters don’t want to talk to each other, and they prefer it that way.  I’m still learning how to show rather than tell in my writing, and trying to portray what I need to with at least one of the characters saying as little as possible makes things interesting.

The real challenge of this part of the story is that there’s a roughly two-week span that I glossed over in the last draft.  When I posted that part online, I got comments that I should go into more detail about what happened during that time, a sentiment I don’t disagree with, but considering it now, it doesn’t really seem relevant to the story.  Trying to decide what is needed here made for a lot of my writing conflict today, and I ended up doing a bit of skipping over and writing a different POV just to get the words in.

This is what NaNoWriMo is all about.  Honestly, I’m sure it’s quite good for me to have to run headlong into these issues so I can try to work them out sooner rather than later.

I just hope I get some better sleep tonight.

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