NaNoWriMo Blog #3 – The Second Week

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So, second week is in the books! How do I feel? I feel like I’m running a marathon that I never really trained for properly. I’m tired and tired of thinking about where to go next in my story. I am unsure of where to go from here. My characters have just succeeded in surviving a major fight, mostly by playing dirty and then running away. It was tough to plot out and harder to actually write down on the page (or screen i guess). I still don’t know if it reads very well, I think it might be to specific in certain sections and way too vague in others. Also, my two main characters are now totally smashed up and I need to get them to relative safety to recuperate. They have secrets to learn and a quest to go on soon, and I am going to lead them through it the best I can. However, I am going to reach the murky middle part of my story soon, and I hope I don’t get pulled into it forever like Artax in the Swamp of Sadness in The Neverending Story.

I have also discovered something about myself: I’m too wordy. Also, too ambitious. Although my mantra has been “Keep it simple” for this project, I seem to be failing at that. As I said in the last paragraph, I just got through a major fight for my characters. It is only their first fight of the story I’m telling and the “end” of the first act. I have 26,966 words written already. I wrote almost 4,000 words today alone. Do you see what I am saying about not really keeping it very simple?

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This story is outlined in three separate, very general, “Acts”, and if i’m already halfway through the word count, the second “Act of my story will take up the other half, leaving me with an entire act to finish up. Now this isn’t a complaint, not really. I have friends who are doing NaNoWriMo this year who would love to have this problem. It just illustrates my inability to keep things simple.

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I’m still having a blast writing this story out however. I personally like it, but then I am a bit biased! I hope anyone who reads this is also doing well in their writing, either for NaNoWriMo or just in general!

Remember:

ryan

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