NaNoWriMo 2009, Day 16: Ugh.

As I write this, I'm at 22K, around 4K shy of where I should be. I've gotten a bit tired of the story, mostly because I haven't been spending ANY time on the exciting parts of it. I've been pissing around with characters, setting, backstory and junk like that. It seems to be a habit - I can't just throw the sense of pacing to the wind and go from action point to action point.

And then this happened! And then that happened! And then this happened!

I always reach for a contemplative inner voice, the one that has the protagonist thinking about what he's seeing.

Well, time to get rid of that. I've got a heck of a lot of theft, seduction, murder, sex, blackmail, incest and more murder to cram into this book.

All the angsty, reflective connective tissue is going to have to come later.


  1. I know how you feel! I lost an entire day early on because I hated the chapter I was writing. It was necessary to the story, but there wasn't anything EXCITING happening. The chapter is semi important overall, and when you know that, it suddenly jumps up a few levels. That didn't change the fact that it took FOREVER to write and get past so I get to "the good stuff!"

    Good luck, and I hope you have made it past the hurdle, or do so soon.

  2. The advice is "don't delete anything". Even if it's wrong or a false start, leave it in so that it will count towards the 50K.

    But that's... that's just WRONG, isn't it? If it's just going to be deleted in December, or if it's just scene notes (not actual prose), should it really count?

    I'm too picky, I suppose.


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