As you will probably know, once more this year I am NaNoWroMo-ing, just for the fun of it. I reached the 10,000 word mark today and thought I would share with you just how weird it feels to have soaked so much creative juice onto electronic paper is just 6 days. Yuk, what a horrible metaphor. All the good ones are in the 10,000 words (probably).
Seven days ago I had a name for a person. OK, it is a silly name, unless you really are called Nathan Xylophone in which case I am sorry to have mocked you. But really, it is a silly name. Your nemesis-type person thing also has a silly name, but I’m not going to reveal that here.
I have discovered a nice way of handling the word count fright that comes with this territory. I plan to write 2000 words a day, like Stephen King does, so I have split this up into 20 blocks of 100 words. 100 reasonably coherent words are easy to write and 20 is a small enough number of blocks not to be too scary. As the challenge – 50,000 words in 30 days – translates to 1,667 words a day, I have leeway for procrastination (or staring out the window, if you prefer). If you are NaNoWriMo-ing too and find the word count a bit of a scary thing, then feel free to try out the block method. Splitting stuff up into smaller manageable chunks isn’t new of course, but I mention this here in case you haven’t thought of it before.
If you really have writer’s block then look out the window and imagine your main character looking in at you. Describe the scene from your point of view, from his point of view, from the POV of the spider you’ve just noticed. I have another word document of notes open where I can put such things. It helps to get those creative juices flowing and, if you are short of words at the end include your notes. No one is going to disallow them!
Since 1st November, my guy has travelled through time and is about to be presented with a dog. And there has been a vortex that looks like “a wobbly mess of flaming bluey black treacle”. What I love about writing like this, over a far more compressed time frame than usual is that if you ask me “what’s going to happen next?” I can honestly answer “I have no idea”.
40,000 more words to go. It still seems a lot but now I have to keep going to see how it all ends.