Day Five of NaNoWriMo and I’m STUCK!

I got off to a great start on day one, but since then I have struggled. I thought that I would just be able to write this novel from beginning to end with no real difficulty. HA!  So far, I have written six scenes out of sequence and today I finally got around to a full description of Lucy. I had already described her face on day one in the second paragraph, but today I started to describe her physique. He body doesn’t match her face! The dilemma I faced was whether to leave it, or rewrite either her face or her physique. Since I’m rather fond of her face, I decided to leave it the way it is. After all, I’ve been seeing her face for almost a month in my mind. And since I’m about 1800 words behind in my word count, I really don’t have time for a rewrite of any sort. I spent too much time rewriting scenes that I didn’t like, and editing as I wrote. I MUST stop rewriting and editing! I have to keep in mind that this is a very rough first draft of the novel and is not intended for readers or publication. So, I have decided to start highlighting areas that I want to revisit after the draft is finished. I will come back to Lucy’s mismatched head and body later.  For now, I’ve got to catch up on my word count and get the story moving along. Tomorrow I will start writing Lucy’s first letter. I am hoping that it will help me figure out the sequence of her other letters and memories.

In the mean time, it’s time to go find food. I forgot to eat today and it’s nearly 3pm. My brain has refused to function. I think that I need to set a timer to remind me to eat. The past five days have been rough and I keep forgetting to eat!

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4 thoughts on “Day Five of NaNoWriMo and I’m STUCK!

  1. Something to keep in mind–though it won’t help you toward finishing the novel, rewriting scenes is totally fine as long as you KEEP the original version. Block it off, move it out of the way, strike it through, whatever, but keep it. Then rewrite and keep going. Editing isn’t so helpful, but full rewrites are fine, and can still add to your word count. In 2012, I rewrite a scene in which my MC and her future husband met for the first time. I rewrote it 3 different ways before finally moving on. Again I stress, it won’t help you a lot if you’re hoping to have a finished novel at the end of the month, but the word count can still grow, as long as you keep the original that you’re rewriting from in your word count.

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    1. I hadn’t thought of trying your idea. I’m just afraid that I won’t finish the novel if I don’t do it by the end of November. I’ve started so many novels over the years, but have yet to finish a single one. I get so caught up in everything else that I just forget about the novels. I have highlighted certain words, phrases and parts of the text that I really want to come back to later and separated scenes that are out of sequence with asterisks before the paragraph starts. I did pretty well at getting caught up yesterday and fell into a lengthy groove of tapping at the keys. But I will keep this in mind if I come to a section that I can’t quite leave for later.

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      1. Sounds like a good plan. I also sometimes make a list on paper of bigger things I want to remember to fix later, especially if it’s something I forgot to put in, so there’s no text to work with later.

        You might check out http://www.finaldeadline.co.uk/ for after NaNo if you still have some of the novel left to write. You can set your own goal and deadline and upload your word count. I used it after November 2013 when my novel was 3/4 of the way done, but I wanted to be sure to finish. It’s not quite as motivational as NaNo–the lack of community alone–but it might be worth looking into.

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