We are on week three of National Novel Writing Month. How’s everyone hanging in there? Hope your projects are going well and your plans are on track.
I’m nearing the 10,000 word mark, which is halfway to my goal. I’ve been writing a little bit everyday, mostly during my lunch break at work, when I’m hiding in my cubicle. Will I reach 20,000 words by the end of the month? The pessimist in me says probably not. However, I’m writing and actually making good progress. For once, I don’t feel stuck in my WIP anymore. And that was my main goal for NaNoWriMo, to get unstuck with my story. Can you believe it? It took two slow weeks of writing to finally kick in to high gear.
But I will admit, I fudged up a bit. Another goal for the month was to not delete anything I had written. And I did. Believe me, I had to. Those unnecessary junk words were getting in my way. It was like pulling weeds out of a garden. Still, I’m trying not to delete any more sentences, at least for the rest of November. December will be a complete slaughter of words when I start editing, I can assure you.
Remember last week? When I told you guys I was having trouble figuring out a single clue in my murder mystery? The story needed a piece of evidence connecting a suspect to the victim. This missing puzzle piece had been bothering me for weeks. Well, I might’ve cracked the case, no pun intended. I’m in the middle of workshopping an idea for a clue that might be what I’m looking for, what my plot needs. Although, I’m not sure yet if this clue will make the final draft, I still want to test it out. NaNo is all about trying new things in writing, right?
I think opening up about my writer struggles to you guys opened up my brain to a sprig of inspiration. Good thing this blog is like the empty void I yell my writer frustrations into. Creative endeavors are hard work. Us writer need to stick together and support one another. The writing community is absolutely amazing that way. So, thank you very much, my lovely readers, for all your kind words and support during NaNoWriMo. You really have no idea how much I appreciate your encouragement and sweetness.
For now, I’ll continue writing this murder mystery while preparing for the holidays. Sounds reasonable enough.
Talk to me in the comments. Let me know how your NaNoWriMo projects are going. And honest question, what frustrates you about writing? This empty void is big enough for everyone to yell into. As always, I love to hear from you writer bees. Best of luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo!
Stay safe and keep writing!
— Lady Jabberwocky
5 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2020 – Week 3”
Yeah learning to NOT delete anything I write was something I had to learn in years past. I also learned to not use contractions just for the extra words lol 🙂
good luck ! ❤
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Love the update! I’m also about half way to my goal, but the rest of November is really busy so who knows if I’ll get there. But like you, I had the same goal, to get unstuck in my WIP and did I ever break through the writer’s block door with a sledgehammer this NaNoWriMo! I finally feel inspired to write my book and while I won’t probably hit my goal, I’m glad I’m finally writing this story and any words on the page are better than one! Good luck with your project!!! – Amber
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Love your blog and the updates on NaNoWriMo. This is my third and I’m struggling, not with word count, I have way too much of that, but of finding the end of my story. It’s nearly at the end, but I just can’t find that one scene I need. I’m sure you understand what I mean. I have the same struggle with not editing while I write. NaNo has helped me with this issue, though sometimes, you just have to get rid of a few things. I wish you the best in this final push. You can do it! And if you don’t, there’s always next year…
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