“Listen to what you have written. A dud rhythm in a passage of dialogue may show that you don’t yet understand the characters well enough to write in their voices.” ― Helen Dunmore [Ten rules for writing fiction (The Guardian, 20 February 2010)]”
This week is going well for me. My partner is starting her new job this Thursday and quit her other job soon enough that it gave her the week off before starting her new job. We decided to stay at home so she could relax and I’m getting a lot of writing done for NaNoWriMo.
For several years now I haven’t been able to break my word record in a day of 5375 and yesterday I finally did it! I wrote 7026 words yesterday! I am so stoked, especially since I felt they were good words and not just a bunch of jibber jabber.
In previous NaNoWriMo years, I wrote a bunch of junk and it’s partly why I wasn’t going to write this year, I didn’t think it was productive. But this year things are going differently. It helped that I wrote a story outline, character outlines (some of which I had to do this past week because I was having trouble with them like the quote above), and that I am using a faerie tarot deck for prompts (it is a faerie story).
I am continuing to incorporate a lot of movement into my writing days. I stand and sit while I’m writing and I either clean or dance on my writing breaks. I am actually getting a lot of cleaning done (I tend to be a little antsy on writing breaks and cleaning helps), my house is cleaner than it has been in months. I guess all I need to do is give myself a word challenge for my house to get cleaned up. Hah!
My total word count this past week – 12,275 which brings my monthly total to – 17,369 not counting today. So far I’ve written about 1000 words today. I’ll be writing as much as I can before my granddaughters get her and spend the next two nights with us.
I’ve decided that as soon as NaNoWriMo is over with I’m going to set my story aside for a week or two to let it simmer and I’m going to edit one of my previous WIPs to hopefully have my third book ready for release in March. That’s my hope anyway.
I’ve decided I really need to treat my writing like a job, coming to the page everyday just like I would going to work. It seems to be working so far and I feel better than I have in a long time.
As far as posting on my blog, I’ll be sticking to the Get Moving Monday – Song and a Prompt posts, Book Review posts on StoryDam and my Row80 check ins for now. It’s all I can handle.
Do you sometimes have trouble with your characters if you haven’t gotten to know them through a story outline or interview (I sometimes interview my characters)? What have you done to know your characters better?
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Morgan Dragonwillow is a recovering perfectionist, poet & author that (mostly) doesn’t let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo