Sorry I didn’t post yesterday! Something happened last night with my neighborhood and everybody’s internet went out… But it’s back! So I’m going to give you what I wrote yesterday, okay?
I suppose, though, that you still need a challenge for day 11. How about this: Today I went to a book store and made a list of all of the books I want to read(At least the ones I got to in the 3 hours I was there). But I didn’t buy any of them, so when I got home I wasn’t tempted to read instead of write. It helped me, though, to see all of those books on shelves and get super excited about them. To see how each one was written and cared for by the writer first, before all of that editing and publishing and stuff. It made me want to write more, and it gave me a lot of ideas of how I can twist my story.
My challenge for you is to do the same thing. Don’t look at the books you own; you’ve seen them too much already to really appreciate them in this way. Go to a book store. Go to a library. Go somewhere where there are books galore and read the blurbs. Flip through them. Read the first few pages. And then if you decide it’s a book you want to read, write down the title on a list. And next to it, write the author’s full name, not just the last name or an initial. So you know that there is a person behind that book and that name who was just excited about the story you are holding as you are. More so, that they wrote it all down.
Anyway, I think this is worth doing. Give it a try. Here’s the post from yesterday: Day 10
Today marks the one third mark on our way through NaNoWriMo! Congrats to all of you who are on schedule or ahead. And to those who are behind, like me, get to work!
I think this is a good point in the word dump of your first draft to stop and reflect. My challenge for you is to look over what you’ve done so far and decide if you are on the right track. See where you can take the story from where you are. Make some notes of what you might plan to change about it in the future if you decide to go in another direction and don’t want to backtrack just yet. In the first book I wrote, I changed the whole premise of the story halfway through and went back to rewrite and edit the beginning a month later.
I know I’ve got a lot of reflecting to do… and writing. I’m pretty behind. I don’t even want to look at the word count until I think I’ve gotten some progress. Sometimes you’ve got to just let the words write themselves for a while before you try to measure them… Or maybe I’m just scared to see how far back I am…
Happy Veteran’s day! Good luck, and as always: Thank you for reading and don’t stop writing!