I'm checking in with a NaNoWriMo progress report! As you can see from the title of this blog post I am behind on my word count. I was so disciplined for the first week or so of NaNoWriMo -hitting those word targets every day - but I have to admit I've gotten a little bit lazy of late. I mean, last night I had time to write, but instead I watched The Vampire Diaries. That is not good! And I need to get back on track just like TVD this season after the sometime mess that was Season 5.
So, here's where I'm at:
If I was on target to finish on November 30th I'd be at 26,672 words right now, so this isn't yet a critical level of failure. I mean, I'm already doing better than last year. I can catch up. I know I can. If I write 5,000 words today, for instance, I'll be almost right back on track. But that means I won't be able to watch Scandal. Hmmmm.....You know I need my Fitz fix!
Basically I have no discipline.
You know who does have discipline, though? My NaNo writing buddies. Cait from Notebook Sisters finished NaNoWriMo in a week. A WEEK! What?! I'm serious - you can read all about it HERE. Also, Christina from Confessions of a Book Addict is having an awesome NaNoWriMo this year. I like that Christina always has a plan. I need to have a plan. You can read Christina's NaNo tips HERE.
I am definitely going to have a plan for next years NaNoWriMo. Okay. Promise.
Right now my NaNo project is kind of a mess. But it's a fun mess, so that's okay. I've had to make some major changes along the way, like:
-I had to give my MC Evie a huge personality overhaul because I HATED her. I hated her so much that I couldn't stand to write her, so now she's a completely different character to the one I started with. Unrecognizable, but somehow still annoying.
- Evie's best friend Emily kept trying to steal Evie's boyfriend, even though that was not part of the story at all -it had absolutely nothing to do with anything. So, I deleted said best friend. That's right, I DELETED A PERSON. She's still there in the draft, because hey, I need all the words I can get, but she's completely vanished from the story. Don't know what happened to her!
- One of my characters is based on Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks (in name and looks) and she's far more interesting to me than Evie. In fact, she's the one I really want to write about. Evie may have had a personality transplant, but she's still a little whiny for my liking. Audrey is sassy and so much more fun!
-Evie's boyfriend was not meant feature so heavily in the story -or at all really. But I can't help it. I need a romance. His name is Jack, and he's an adorable rogue type, with rusty hair and green eyes. Intense green eyes. Or maybe blue eyes. This keeps on changing.
-My story was meant to be purely light and fluffy, but I've realized that doesn't really interest me. I keep on adding paranormal elements that don't make sense. Like, one of my characters might just be the devil - or a supernatural cult leader.
Yeah, like I said, it's really good to have a plan. This is what happens when you don't have a plan. Ha!
How is NaNoWriMo going for you?