Rather than writing here, I have been writing in my book. After a few days of writer’s block, I decided to break the rules and go back and do some serious editing. I ended up scrapping half of the things I wrote before and am really pleased with the results. I am no longer shaping my characters, they are shaping themselves and surprising me.
This is my favorite part of writing. I love it when you reach a point in a story and the story writes itself. It’s extremely satisfying, and can be an extremely intense experience.
One way I’ve found to help motivate myself to write is to make it a game. I’ve been working with my dear friend Randi, who is also doing NaNoWriMo, and we’ve been putting aside 30 minutes and just writing. There’s a little competition as to who can bust out the most words. We’ve been writing 900-1200 words each per session, and it’s really helped.
Since I’ve fallen so behind, I’ve shifted my goal from 50,000 words to 25,000. Once I meet that, anything more is a bonus. I’m currently at 15117 and counting!
Anyway, I’m off to go write on.