NaNoWriMo 2017: Dual Perspective + Character Conflict
“Creating the world the way you see it, the way that best fits the project at hand, is not an easy task to undertake. Playing with original ideas, throwing around the different possibilities you might adapt for the sake of your novel, can cloud your mind. Changing up the way in which you are comfortable writing, challenging your writing style when you’re under pressure can be rather difficult. Though, it can very well be rewarding in the end. I’ve made a variety of changes to the way I conduct my storytelling this NaNoWriMo, and I can certainly say that it has left me open-minded, and ready to learn much more about what I am currently capable of.”
My Struggle With Dual Perspective
I’ve never felt the need to change the orientation of my writing, nor have I ever written a piece from the point of view of multiple characters. Trying to balance their respected separate storylines in addition to having them eventually merge, is a new struggle to overcome. I always knew that I wanted to take a break from the first-person view I’ve always been comfortable writing, because I noticed that I spend a lot of time focusing on my character’s reflection rather than what is actually happening throughout the piece. I decided that this year, I wanted to take my novel farther than I did last year, and change the way in which I allow myself to grow. The only way to do that is to make the changes where things have begun to get a little too easy, so that even though the result may not be the best thing I’ve ever written at first, whose to say it can’t one day be exactly that?
My characters are currently experiencing different storylines within the same span of time, as well allowing themselves to deal with the problems they both may face rather differently. I’ve given them the time for their personalities to shine before they begin to work together to overcome the struggles present in both of their lives. What is exciting about this is that I can give them both their own voice, I can write much more into the story than I ever could’ve writing solely from a first-person point of view. That can give my story a lot more depth than I may realize this early on in the process.
The Word Count Predicament
I’ve always noticed that the beginning of NaNoWriMo is always rather slow for me. The first week I’m still trying to get a handle on the direction I want the story to take. There comes a time when we have to ignore just how many words everyone else is writing, and focus on getting our words down the way in which we see fit. It’s not about writing an extensive amount every day if that’s not what we’re used to. It’s about reaching the 50,000 words at the end of the month. I know that I work really well under pressure, but that does not mean that I will not utilize the free time I do have to get it all done. Slow progress is still progress. I’ve been guilty as well, of concerning myself with everyone else’s progress rather than giving that time to furthering my own. Take a step back, take a break from the world around you, and focus on the story you’re telling. Give your characters the time they need to grow. Make a move in the right direction, and only then will you see just how far you’ve come.
I do hope that everyone is having a wonderful NaNo this year!