Did it! Reached the 50k goal but I’m still going cuz I’m just getting started, though I’ve been writing around and around this story for a long time. (Started noodling around with the idea sometime before NaNoWriMo 2012 but I’ll have to go back through all my backups to figure out exactly when. Yes, backups. In multiple locations. Including offsite.)
At times while working on this project I would begin to see, dimly, a way forward. Most of the time I had only a vague notion of what I wanted to write. I couldn’t see the action, couldn’t see the setting or the characters, couldn’t hear their voices, couldn’t tell where I wanted to go. I had an idea but not a concept. (Larry Brooks covers this throughout his site, StoryFix. Here’s a sample chapter on idea vs. concept from his latest book on writing, due out in June 2013.) Then I had a concept but it needed a lot of work.
Now I have worked on the concept and have gotten a better idea of the kinds of scenes I’ll need because I have a better idea of what my story is. And I have a better idea of who my characters are and what they want and how they will cause conflict for each other. I’ve discovered conflict and then have worked on ramping it up, ramping up everything, higher tension, more conflict, deeper drives, higher stakes. As Holly Lisle says in her How To Think Sideways writing course, anything average does not belong in the story. Average? Ordinary? Leave it out! Write only what counts. Getting through the boring stuff to get to the interesting stuff? Cut it out. Literally. Cut it right out of the story and drop it. And get right to the good stuff. Now.
Okay, enough of that. Time for another cup of coffee. And back to the story. Things are heating up in the story world and I don’t wanna miss a minute of it. Happy noveling, novelists! And if you’re working on another kind of project, then I wish you all the best on whatever kind of work you’re doing, wherever, whoever, you are. Peace! 🙂