Day Twenty-Three: Finding the Track Again November 23, 2010Posted by thejinx in enduring chaos, nanowrimo, writing.
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By this morning, I was just about ready to throw in the towel. Between a busy weekend making me fall behind in word count, increasing dissatisfaction with my novel and not knowing how to remedy that, and general personal issues making me think that I should be spending my time working on something I’d rather enjoy writing, I was already crafting my concession speech before I got up this morning. I hadn’t written a word since Thursday and by then was not even a day ahead in my word count.
Then, this morning, I finally realized what was wrong with my novel, and why I had become so unenamored of it.
There was too much of my main character.
She is the star, undoubtedly, and the one around whom the rest of the story revolves. But all the other characters have their own agendas, and at least some of them are just as important to the story as my star. While my star’s journey seemed to be stagnating, these other characters were desperate to tell their stories.
So, today, I did just that. According to my stats page on NaNoWriMo, I have to write 2,800 words per day to finish on time, so I wrote that much today, almost entirely from the points of view of characters other than my star. It has enlivened the story, and the idea of writing 1,200 more words per day than I should even have to no longer seems so daunting.
Maybe, if I can retain this interest, I can start writing 3,000 words per day to start catching up again.