Word Count: 91,126
I’m so close to 100,000 words, but I’m still pretty far from the ending! I found a problem with something that helped me jump start my word count, though. When I first started NaNoWriMo, I was thinking of my book as sort of a jigsaw puzzle. Get all of the little pieces together so that I could get the whole picture, or in this case, the whole story.
So I started to get hyped about the story by going through and writing a bunch of the backstories, the emotional climaxes, the big moments or the ones that I just really liked. And then I started piecing them together.
This is great, of course, because it got me to 50,000 words in only nine days, but I might not do that next year. Here’s why:
Connecting a bunch of puzzle pieces is a lot of work, takes a lot of time, and includes a lot of rereading. Don’t get me wrong; some of those flashbacks were the best things I think I’ve ever written, and I’m going to keep them. But there’s this one huge event that I originally wrote for when the characters had only known each other for a couple days, and then ended up putting it in where they have known each other for a couple of months.
You can imagine how much I need to change about that scene.
And it was a good couple chapters long, too.
So the only problem with writing things ahead of time is that things in your book will change as you write it, so you can’t always stick to the outline completely. Like how I don’t know how my book is going to end yet, but I’ll probably write the ending in the next couple of days.
Also, I’m really excited because I realize that this book feels like an entire journey to me. My other, unpublished, book was so drawn out because I wrote the first draft over the span of a year, and then edited it for another year. So much has happened in so little time, and I think that’s because I’m not hesitating to drive the plot forward anymore. I have to if I want to finish it.
The funny thing is that my characters develop even more as I write, to the point where they are starting to surprise me. I don’t even feel like I’m writing the book anymore. I’m living it in my head and somehow it ends up in the computer.
I was talking about my characters to my mom this morning and she started laughing. I asked her why and she said that I talk about them like they are real people. And that’s when I realized it; they are real people.
I used to be a puppeteer who controlled everything in the book and now my puppets have turned into living beings. Now I’m more like a game maker… and I just throw obstacles into their arena as they play out the story for me. They are controlling me and I’m actually getting freaked out by the things I write because I wouldn’t usually come up with some of these things if they weren’t in my head, taking over the controls.
I swear I’m not on drugs. But I feel like I am… Or at least what I imagine drugs would feel like. I think writing should be added to the list of drugs to stay away from.
This is the sole reason why I write.
Not really. There are so many more reasons.
Does this happen to anyone else, or am I just weird? I’m probably weird. I hope this is making things very awkward for you.
Anyway, my challenge for you is to look more into your characters, and think about how they would react to certain things. Look at how they talk or act around other characters. Look at how they act when they are alone, or when they are in a life threatening situations. I’ve already had three parts in my book where I had to stop and think, “Would this character choose fight or flight?”
And look at the reasons behind why they act that way. For example, one of my characters is overly flirty and extroverted, doing ridiculous things and not caring what others think about him. This is because he’s finally in a place where he doesn’t have to watch his every move, so he doesn’t.
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