Okay, NaNoWriMo so far has been a lot more hellish than you’d think it would be. I remember the first week was cake. I just had to write about 1700 words a day to stay on track for the 50,000 word goal. Then the weekend came.
There is no writing on the weekends. There is only yard work.
So, the second week was painful. I’d lost all the zest and excitement of the first week, and it was just grueling to get to my daily word goal (upped to 2300 a day since I missed the weekend). I’d have been all caught up Friday, but I was tired, and I rested. Then, right, it was the weekend again. Again, only yard work.
Yesterday, I decided to try something a bit different. Thinking part of the problem of my sluggishness was not knowing where I was headed, I wrote the last chapter yesterday evening. While I was writing it, I made up some resolutions to conflicts that I haven’t even begun to write about yet. That really got me going; I went ahead and kept writing backwards, each chapter a step back from where I started writing from, slowly making its way back to the end of the first act, where I was previously stuck at.
So far, this has been as successful as it has been challenging. Now, knowing where the story ends, I just have to fill in the middle. I seem to remember John Irving writing this way; he would start with the last chapter and always work backwards to a surprising beginning, if memory serves me.
I’ve been trying not to pad with spelling out contractions or adding the obligatory f-bomb to every sentence. Admittedly, the f-bomb is hard to be judicious with. As of last night, we are just about to turn the corner of 21,000 words and going strong into the third week.
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