NaNoWriMo Update #3 – Week of November 15-21
This week went really badly. As opposed to last week when I was ~5,000 words behind, I am now ~12,000 words behind. And do you know why? Because I hit another atrocious scene. One that I never thought I would have any trouble writing, but it turns out that I did. I wrote a TOTAL of about 3,000 words in the past week because I was so stuck on this scene. What was supposed to be a flirtatious scene between two characters (one with rather dubious intentions) quickly devolved into an awkward silence between the three of us. They had nothing to talk about. Finally, after FIVE DAYS of tip-toeing tediously through this scene, I just gave up and let them have their awkward silence while I moved on to the character change about 1,000 words before I had planned to.
Of course, now I’m at my parents in New Jersey for the week for Thanksgiving, and I have to go out and visit people who I haven’t seen in a month and socialize, and renew medications, and get my oil changed, etc. etc. My time gets eaten up very quickly. I missed nearly all of Sunday because I was volunteering at the television studio that I used to run at my alma mater for the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual telethon. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but it killed an entire day that I could have been writing.
Now I’m behind, and my favorite holiday is only two days away, so who knows when I’ll be able to catch up. Here’s hoping inspiration strikes shortly. Also, since when is my parents’ house so cold and dim? Even in the morning sunlight, I’m finding myself squinting and giving myself a headache just trying to write without some weird glare being in the way.
I also took no notes this week, because 1) the baby wouldn’t sleep, and 2) I was doing laundry and packing to come here. But let’s take look at my numbers so you can see just how awfully I did.
(Tuesday) Day 15 – 25000/20721 (643) (-4279) Hit the yucky scene. (Wednesday) Day 16 – 26666/21315 (594) (-5351) Added more unnecessary details to the yucky scene. (Thursday) Day 17 – 28333/22130 (815) (-6203) Written whilst doing laundry. Still adding details to the yucky scene… (Friday) Day 18 – 30000/22130 (0) (-7870) To be completely honest, I went to go see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and did almost all of my packing (and the 6-hour drive home) this day, so… I can’t say I’m surprised that I wrote nothing. Also, I was becoming quite frustrated by my scene. (Saturday) Day 19 – 31666/22433 (303) (-9233) Finally got to the trickiest part of the yucky scene… And the characters are refusing to speak to each other. Suddenly I cannot even come up with anything they have in common to talk about. This is terrible. (Sunday) Day 20 – 33333/23022 (589) (-10311) Gave up and let them have their awkward silence. (Monday) Day 21 – 35000/23794 (772) (-11206) Moved on to a new scene, but I’m still not inspired. Also, I have errands to run and family members who’re willing to distract me.