NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 6 + How I Approached My Plot
“Nothing keeps me writing like this time of year, and I can safely say that I am making progress on my novel. It was late last night that I finally decided what direction the story would take, and what that would mean for the characters I’ve created. Sometimes, starting with an entirely blank slate can put you back a few days, for I had outlined a few ideas but none of them sparked a reason to begin. That was until it clicked, and I began rewriting a bit of the work I had already had down. I wouldn’t have it any other way, for I have set the plot up so that there is room to deviate from the initial idea if that’s what the story needs. The effort to truly make way with my writing has kept me working, kept me productive, and ready to face the inner editor head on. Writing is not an easy task, but it is entirely rewarding when you’ve fallen in love with what you’re putting down on paper. If there ever was a time to give it your all, it would be now.”
It is officially Day 6 of NaNoWriMo, and I am doing the best I can. The words are flowing, the plot thickens as progresses, and I feel good about it (That’s what matters). When I first began on day one, there were a lot of ideas that I had been playing with, trying to decide where my novel was going to go this year, and whether it was going to be as good as last year. I decided to listen to my instincts, to give it a little rewrite so that I could work towards an ending I am proud of. It isn’t about fixing every little mistake, it’s about changing the story to fit the vision you have for the project.
“Sometimes, you just have to go back to what works.”
I remember, last year I would sit in the cafe on campus for long periods of time to get some writing done in an environment that kept me comfortable enough to write. I hadn’t been back until today, and I internally feel ready to tackle this piece. When we experience a variety of change in our lives, whether it be something as small as a change of environment, it can affect our will to perform. I’ve realized that trying to get up early to get writing done isn’t going to happen as often as I’d like, so I make use of my evenings instead. I’ve allowed myself to do my work in the environment that keeps me the most busy, and so the progress will ensue. There is nothing that can compare to feeling like your spark has returned, and it’s important to utilize that feeling to the best of your ability. Something incredible can come from that attempt, and all you have to do is tackle the beginning.
You can’t be proud of something you’ve written if it doesn’t get you excited. So if it’s feeling a little lacklustre, take a moment to do a bit of rewriting. You can implement this immediately or you can wait until the entire plot has unfolded, either way, give yourself what you need to keep that inspiration going. That inspiration is going to have a major impact on what will result after the month has passed. If you’ve begun to feel as though it’s dwindling, it’s okay to take a bit of time to search around, to take in your surroundings, to free write a bit until you’re ready to continue. It’s all about your pace. As long as you stay consistent, you will eventually get to where you want to go. I am looking forward to discovering just where my plot will take me this year, and I hope that all of you that are participating are having a lovely time.