NaNoWritMo Update #2

So it’s a little over a week into the writing challenge that is NaNoWritMo, and suffice it to say, I’m (still) very far behind the recommended word count quota (if I were to write a 50,000 word novel within 30 days). Of course, real life things do “get in the way” of the writing process, as do other outside distractions; on the other hand, I’m doing much better than I had this time last year [as I write this, the word count for One More Angel in Heaven is 2,890]. Interestingly enough, the first few [Word] pages of this story contain more dialogue that I have ever written before, and (thus far) not as much descriptive language. As stated in another blog entry, writing dialogue has never been my strong suit, and (naturally) is necessary  in any narrative story.

The story structure is in 1st person perspective, and has the quasi-requisite summation paragraph at the start, then launches into the story proper – it’s my little homage to Christie and to Conan Doyle, two authors who have had quite an influence in my interest in mystery stories and aspirations for writing my own. While it has always been in my nature to plot, ponder and edit ideas as I concurrently write the narrative proper, I am striving not do to so for this draft (for that is what a NaNoWritMo novel should be, given the time constraints), as the whole stop-and-read-what-I’ve-just-written method does stall the writing process.

I’m sure for some other writers, aspiring and otherwise, extracting a 50,000 word novel within the 30 day time limit is easy (and one writing buddy reached the 50,000 count on Day 3, and has since exceeded that limit), but for whatever reason, the rate at which I write is not as prolific [though I do have the occasional spurts of inspiration every now and then].

With this whole (almost) making-things-up-as-I-go-along writing style, I’ve found the narrative has taken a (slight) left turn from where I had thought it would have gone – a throwaway reference to a situation that had intended to be a negligible footnote in the story has been pulled to the forefront, and has solved the dilemma of how / when / where the narrator meets the detective. Where the rest of the story will go, and how it will all unfold is now quasi-questionable, as this new angle has made me rethink sequence of events.

But enough blogging – back to writing.

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