August MacGregor

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NaNoWriMo: Day 10

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A bit more than a week into NaNoWriMo, and I’m at 22,184 words. The progress on my novel (You’re Next, a horror book) has felt really good.

However, the writing has slowed recently compared to the flurry of the first several days. Before NaNo began, I gave a lot of thought to the scenes I would hit first — since I was continuing a book that I started in October. So I had a clear idea where the story was going.

Now I’m in a murkier section. I still have thoughts as to what will happen next, but I’m feeling my way slower now. That not knowing very well makes for some excitement, as I’m discovering the story rather than knowing it all before-hand and simply fleshing it out.

But this kind of going also raises a lot of questions. I find that I’m typing notes as I write: What about these other things? If this is added here, then what needs to be changed before it happens? Is this scene too slow, and should I break it up by other chapters to give the point of view of other characters?

Of course, these questions were bound to come up. They do with stories, especially with the longer ones.

Which makes the editing/rewriting stage so important. Those questions need to be resolved, as I can imagine a reader asking them — and if the questions not handled, then the story feels like it has holes in it.

I’ll keep moving ahead, in the NaNo spirit, and of continuing the story. I like continuing it instead of stopping to edit it. Momentum is with me, and I’ll gratefully take it.

Here are a few sentences:

“Just stop, okay?” she asked. “We can’t do this. We can’t get all jokey and chop up everything in sight. We’ve got to think.”

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Author: augustmacgregor

I'm a writer of erotica and romantic fiction.

13 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Day 10

  1. Don’t the notes count? It seems they should–they’ll be part of a draft scene. Hmmm…. This gets harder and harder.

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  2. I love the early part of a novel. Then, I get to the scenes where I need to remember the early details and weave them in or build on them. That gets hard when dealing with a 50000+ book. So I understand your difficulties.

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    • I’ve read/heard interviews of writers where they said they keep notebooks of details, so that they’ll keep them straight later. I can understand how a reader would be confused if I said one thing in the beginning of the book, and then contradicted it later. Sure, a novel asks for willing suspension of disbelief — but the flow of the story needs to make sense. Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

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  3. If you can’t be all jokey while chopping up everything in sight, when can you be? 🙂

    Anyway, no NaNoWriMo for me this year. Someday, perhaps. Hope you see it through!

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  4. Make all the notes you can. Write everything that pops into mind. It doesn’t matter right now if its in a proper order or has misspellings and the like. That’s what editing and revising are for.
    NaNo is for getting those thoughts from your head and heart out onto the page in words. Clean up can come later.
    Hurray to your word count! Don’t get discouraged, keep your chin up, and know there’s a lil purple haired lady cheering you on! 😀

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    • Thanks so much for your kind words — I really appreciate them! With this being my first NaNo, I’m realizing what you said about getting all of it out. It’s a great rush and momentum for pushing forward, to get the basic structure of the story down. I completely agree that editing can come later. I’m trying to push aside that editing part of me, so that the write like a madman part of me can still be in the driver’s seat. Let’s not crash this thing, though 🙂

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  5. That little tease of a moment there is frightenly good. Yikes. Pretty sure chopping has never crossed my mind. Congrats on the numbers.

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