nano 2018

Nano check in

Well, we’re officially a week (plus) into Nanowrimo. How are you doing?

I got off to a strong start, breaking 12k before the first weekend was over. Around that time I realized there was a structural problem with my plot that I had no idea how to fix. I added a new character, thinking that would help, and it did…for a single scene.

And then…Then, as I crept toward 18,000 words, I stopped. I realized it was the most boring book I’d ever written. There was no conflict, no tension. What I’d intended to be a mystery novel was turning into the most boring road trip ever, and I still don’t know how to fix it.

Frustrated and angry with myself, I put the manuscript aside, and pulled out another book I’d been dabbling in before Nanowrimo started, and a book that I’d been loathe to put aside. I sat down and immediately knocked out 2500 words.

I’m behind on where I’d like to be, but I think I can catch up. I’ve already been trying to write about 2,000 words per day.

Now if only the Nanowrimo website would stop telling me my expected finish date is in May, that would be great.