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Hitting the Middle

It’s the start of the second week of April and things aren’t looking good. I underestimated the travel distance from work to my house and how that affects me mentally. However, I have managed to write every day despite not hitting that daily goal.

Perhaps part of that comes from the fact that I have hit the middle point of my story. As I might have mentioned before, I am working on a previously started story. While I had a few major plot points planned out, I’m finding it difficult to write the details that lead to said plot points.

So, I need to reevaluate my goals here. I still want to work on my novel this month and I still want to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m going to do all that and try to write as much as I can this month. There is a high chance that I might not make it to 50k words but even writing 30k sounds like a good number.

The game plan is to do a bit more brainstorming. As I wrote, I created two situations that I have to further develop. These were completely unplanned but I’ll be using them. Just imagining the scenes will increase my word count but also, and most importantly, add some tension and conflict to my story.

Typically, once I’ve gotten to this point, I’d start thinking about the end, but not this time. For now, I’ll focus on what I need to write next. I want to stay true to the story and not add things that aren’t necessary to the overall story. Personally, I don’t like adding elements that can easily be taken out or replaced by something else.

Lastly, I hope that everyone who is participating in Camp NaNoWriMo is doing a lot better than I am. If we’re in the same boat then, I’m rooting for us. We got this. 🤞

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Finding the Middle

Another week comes to an end. Progress has been slow but there has been progress. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a post Monday. I got caught up with errands and school work. I promised myself I’ll do better.

I did go back and take a look at Crimson Queen, the story I worked on for Camp NaNoWriMo. Reading through, I realized that the beginning worked. The middle on the other hand didn’t. There was no direction. So, I went back through it and wrote down the main plot points that I found. There was a couple of them but they were just buried under unnecessary scenes/ words.

Moving forward, I need to fill in the blanks to get from one point to another. That “filling” has to be relevant to the story and has to contribute. Otherwise, the words become unnecessary and I don’t want that. Plus, I have the information, the filling if you will, I just have to find a way to add everything together.

With school going on now, I have to steal time to write until I get a schedule down. It’s going slower than I would like to. For sure this upcoming week, there’s going to be a post Monday. Wednesday is still writing prompt day. I’m having really fun with those prompts. They’re different but I need a way to get out of my comfort zone. I need to write something I wouldn’t normally write. Is there a website for random writing prompts? I definitely have to look for that.

If anyone has any suggest, send a message/ comment and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for reading.