Last week I pledged to add 50 pages to my WiP this month. I realize this is a small goal compared to a 50k novel that the regular Nano-ers are doing. But considering this is my first one, I thought I'd start out with a modest goal so that I have a good chance of reaching it and hopefully blowing it out of the water.
On each week's posts this month, I will give you a word count update. Today I will start at writing at the 20,624 word mark. I hope to reach at least 36k by November 30. I'm sure I will learn some lessons along the way. This is still my first novel, after all.
Which brings me to what I'd like to discuss this week: writing the big scenes.
Last week, I came to a pivotal moment in my WiP. It's the moment my MC's world comes crashing down around her (it's actually where I'm going to pick up writing after I finish this blog post!). Here is what went through my mind:
- (Weeks prior) How should she find out? Who should tell her? How? When? ...
- *thinking, thinking, thinking* *weeks pass*
- OK, I should just start writing and see what comes out.
- *thinking thinking thinking* *puts it off* *slowly writes scene leading up to BIG SCENE*
- (Last week) *starts writing BIG SCENE*
- Hm, she ends up at this location with this person. OK, I'll go with this for now.
- Oh dude! Look who just walked in! (Yes, I frequently surprise myself)
- OK, so what should they say to each other?
- *thinking, thinking, thinking*
- *writes some awkward dialogue* (awkward for the characters - not awkward writing, I hope)
- *BIG REVELATION* - dun dun DUUUUUNNN!
- Yes! She finally knows! *dances in chair*
- Aww, poor MC *sad face*
- How should MC handle this news? Scream? Cry? Laugh? Go on a shooting rampage?
- *writes MC's inner torment* *re-reads scene*
- *thinks writing stinks*
- Dang it! This scene is MUY IMPORTANTE. It has to smack the reader in the face!
- *fidgets* *adds a sentence or two*
- *whines to self*
- Should I come back to it later?
- No, no, no. I should make it GREAT the first time through. Don't be so LAZY.
- *stares at screen*
- Think like a best-selling author - what would THEY do?
- *squirms some more*
- That's enough for today. *closes WiP*
So that's where I am now. About to embark on step 26 and make this BIG SCENE and BIG BRILLIANT SCENE. Or, make it a solid scene and move on. (More likely the latter)
There's always the editing process, right?
Good luck with your NaNoWriMo endeavors!
Sounds like me. One thing I've learned is that I can't make it great the first time through. Not because I'm not good enough (though that might be true), but because I have no perspective when I'm in the middle of the first draft. I can't tell what's good or not until the whole thing's done.
Good luck with your pledge!
I love your "Oh, Dude! Look who just walked in!" revelation. Surprising yourself is the best! Good luck with the BIG scene :)
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