I’m aware that I should have posted one of these last week, and didn’t. Oops. I am also aware that THIS post is a day late. Double oops. But I was busy, what can I say?
Word count goal: 50,000
Total words written: 36,150
Words left: 13,850
I got rid of the writer’s block that I was struggling with by switching to a different word processor, and it helps so much. The screen is black and the text is green, and while that may sound weird, it’s way easier on the eyes for long-term writing than the stark whiteness of Google Docs. So yay.
Also, I’ve added sixteen absolutely unplanned new characters within the last two weeks. I MEAN, WHAT. EEP. I didn’t start with very many, and those that I had weren’t particularly thought out. The names of the new characters are probably really strange, since I just grabbed random fantasy-ish names out of my head and kept writing. They also all have a little post-it with random notes about them, and those post-its have saved my soul by helping me keep everything straight.
Also, does it make any sense that my more important characters have like three things on their post-its, and the minor characters have post-its crammed with words? No, no it doesn’t.
My MC may also be cardboard, which is not good. But I’ve been surviving.
I’ve been writing a lot lately, as you can probably tell. And without anything more than a vague, general plan, and some notes, I tend to do a lot of strange things, or have trouble with specific things, or just make mistakes in general.
First off, NEVER use the wrong initial if you’re like me and take notes on post-its while you write. I kept using “M” when I meant Rafiqa, not Morzanna, and needless to say, I was very confused when I actually needed that note and referred to it.
Secondly, I suck at three-way conversations. At least, when I’m not stopping to think. Maybe I’ll improve once NaNo is over and I can think the conversation over before I write it… we’ll see.
Also, a tip? Don’t have characters ask other characters questions that you don’t know the answer to, especially if the character being asked should know the answer. Without any idea about how the scheduling worked at the university, I had my MC ask a teacher how. For two minutes I was hitting myself on the forehead and thinking, “What have I done? What have I done?” but then I started writing. I figured out the schedule, of course, but it’s rather odd and probably doesn’t make sense.
I’ll also share a few weird sentences (as opposed to one) since I missed two weeks. Except they’re going to be from my notes, because those were more amusing this time around.
“Son of someone high in the university staff with powerful political pears.”
…and what exactly is a “political pear,” may I ask? A pear that wield powerful political power? That would make sense in the sentence, except that pears can’t wield political power, let alone any power. (At least, I would think…)
Also, some indecipherable notes:
“L ties reluctantly to mountain.”
Which L?? I don’t know when I wrote this, so I don’t know if Laskina or that random guard existed, yet. I think it’s Leovin, but I’m not sure…
“A invites L to C.”
“A” obviously means Amala. “L” is either Laskina or Leovin, no clue. And “C”? Does “C” stand for “capital,” “class,” (though that wouldn’t make sense anyway) or something else?
I don’t even know. I’m pretty sure they were each part of a different note on the same post-it, but the text below both of those words was indecipherable, partially because I very messily crossed out something below that. (For the record, though, I’m usually an organized person. Even if my blog posts are sometimes rather rambly, like today.)
I haven’t written yet, today, and since it is still the morning, I am intending to get a lot done. Wish me luck! Does anyone else need post-its to survive but also get baffled by them? If you’re doing NaNo, how is it going? If you’re done, congratulations! If not yet, I believe in you. *passes around plate of political pears*