What a week it’s been. Over the weekend, I wrote more than 11000 words. That’s probably the most I’ve ever written in two days. I don’t think I could do it often though. It’s incredibly draining. Satisfying too.
I’m nearly at the 30000 mark for NaNo now. That’s still way behind schedule but at least it’s not the pitiful 16000 I had before.
I’m at a write-in now but struggling to find words. This is partly because I’m writing a scene I haven’t imagined yet. Trying to find words to describe something that isn’t a picture in my head is hard. I have to think then write. I can’t do both at once.
The other reason I’m struggling to find words is that I’ve reached a stage in the manuscript where all the gaps I’ve left in the story are becoming glaringly obvious. I’m making notes as soon as I notice them and referencing where it needs to be fixed, but I really want to go back and plug the holes, fix things. Unfortunately, that’s not conducive to writing more words for NaNo. I might have to do it anyway if I can’t move forward without it.
I’m enjoying the story I’m writing, even though what I’m writing was never part of the original plot. It fits and it’s fun. It also requires me to write more bad poetry. I have loads of fun with my poetry but it’s pretty ordinary. This is what I wrote Wednesday evening:
Beloved locked in frozen world
Trapped by fear and hate
Rising new freedom
Back into being
Everyone that sees
Everything you need
Never could be
Swimming in the blue depths
Forever through the clouds
Of the ancient river.
The danger has passed
The black has risen
And so must you.
It needs a lot of work but I’m not taking the time to fix it yet—like everything during NaNo.
There are only a few more days to go. One more weekend that I can postpone ‘real life’ and focus solely on my writing. I’ll see if I can meet last weekend’s word count.
E E Montgomery
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