Words Written on Day 19: 2,537
Total Words Written for NaNoWriMo: 22,554
This is the stage where I have the overall outline of the story written out in scattered scenes with quite a few gaps in between. I’ve got a vision or idea of the in-between, missing scenes, and now just have to flesh them out into words and sentences and paragraphs.
I was formulating one such scene while walking back to the car from campus when I had an awesome idea for one of my characters! AWESOME! I felt like, “Why did I never think of that before?”
The only problem is that the idea was not for my nanowrimo novel. It’s for another novel that I started when I was 17 or 18, put on ice for about seven years, started writing again at 25, and since then it’s been a stop-start session. I really like that story; it’s actually a trilogy (looking more like four books, in fact) and because it’s the story I’ve been gestating the longest, it has a special place in my heart. At the same time, I know it’s going to be a lot of work because when I started writing it I knew nothing about POV or imagery or symbolism or themes. It has nearly 20,000 words that I will probably need to throw away and start over (and I hate throwing stuff away).
But this is not supposed to be my November focus, so I’m making earnest attempts to stay focused on the topic at hand … unless I switch novels. Is that allowed during nanowrimo?
What do you do if/when you’re finding it difficult to focus on only one storyline at a time? How do you stay true to your inspiration when it seems to be all over the place on any given day? I’d be happy to hear from any writers/authors/aspiring writers. (You don’t have to be participating in nanowrimo.)