NaNoWriMo: First week struggles

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, happens every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words of a novel by the end of the month. With week one almost over, Caryn and Bethany discuss their struggles, successes and other ideas:

Bethany: I have been desperately trying to keep up with my daily number goal (1,667 words) but I am still at least 1,000 words behind each day. I made a quick outline for myself before starting last week of potential story ideas, since I am writing short stories. However, my ideas seem boring and I find myself procrastinating.

I also have decided to write TWO books! Why? Well, these short stories are just not cutting it for me, and I won’t be anywhere near 50,000 words by Nov. 30. So, to make up for lack of words, I am collaborating with my boyfriend to write his magnum opus. He originally has it as a comic book, but it also would make a great novel series. We wanted to start this project for some time, so why not now?

How are you holding up, Caryn?

Caryn: My work schedule has not allowed me enough time to write my 1,667 words a day. I’m still hanging back at around 5,000 words, less than half of where I should be. I also hit a rough patch in the plot, smack in the middle of my first chapter, where I experienced terrible writer’s block. If you didn’t read last week’s post, I’m writing a romance novel. There was a sloppy scene in my first chapter that took a good bit of my time. I’m seeing some major chunks of spare time this coming week, so I should easily be able to play catchup.

I’m not outlining my story, which led to a wonderful surprise: One of my heroines, Jamie, decided to make her first appearance at the end of one of my scenes. The story is taking on a life of its own, which I’m really enjoying.

Good luck, and happy wrimo-ing in your second week.

If you missed our introductions, learn about our novel ideas (or ideas for novels.)

About Bethany Fehlinger

Bethany Fehlinger is a journalist in the Design Center at the York Daily Record. She is a graduate of Penn State University, is a York City dweller and has been vegetarian and geek for more than five years. Twitter: @Wonder_veggie
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