For someone trying to reach 75k in a month, I seem to be doing pretty well, word-wise. I’ve got just over sixteen thousand words, and it’s only day six. I’m not really sure how far ahead I am, but I am at least a little bit.
Unfortunately, story-wise… I’m not doing so well. Essentially, I’m trying to write a prequel to one of my earlier novels, because I realized that a few of my characters have some pretty important things happen in their childhood that I can’t seem to tell well enough when it’s just backstory. But that means this book spans about five or six years, in total, and I keep rushing through it. Fifteen thousand words, and I’ve already gone through three years of three characters’ lives.
Whoa, wait a minute. If I keep up at this rate, I’ll be finished at 30k. That’s…not even a novel, let alone my 75k goal. See, November is National Novel Writing Month, which kind of means that my 75k goal isn’t just to write that many words in a month, it’s to write that many words in one novel in a month.
So I’m stuck. I realize that I’m kind of summarizing instead of writing. I tell the basics and move on and I really need to get into the nitty-gritty details. Otherwise, it’s too short and it’s probably not much fun to read, either. Problem is, for whatever reason, I’m really having trouble doing that. I guess maybe it’s just that whenever I think about this story, I always see it the way it was as a backstory—with only the important details and nothing else. So I’m really having trouble writing it.
It’s frustrating. Really, really frustrating and I wish I could figure out how to get past it. At the moment, I’m trying with just brute force, and that’s not working the greatest, but, hey, it’s NaNo. Who cares if I write with grace? That’s for December.