Saturday, November 07, 2009

In a world of my own

I've managed 2,000 words on my Nano novel today but only just. It's my lowest word count day yet. The trouble is, I'm running out of plot.

Perhaps I'd better start plotting instead of reading blogs. If you don't hear from me, I'm in a universe far, far away trying to work out what my characters can do next.


Bevie said...

Sometimes it doesn't hurt to let them tell you what they want to do next. Save a copy and try giving that a go. If the characters can't make up their mind you can also return to the saved copy.

Good luck.

JaneyV said...

Well done you. I have yet to start...

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks, Bevie. I'll give that a go.

Jane: Thanks! I knew I had to start straight away or I'd get discouraged like last year when I just couldn't keep up the pace.

Barrie said...

You can do it! Go! Go! Go!

Sylvia said...

Actually, I know this is sad, but Elisabeth Bear did a post on standard issues that new novelists face. She did it by page, I translated it to word count. Anyway, it says:

At 10,000 words:

You've introduced the characters and have no idea what happens next. Well, you probably either didn't give them enough problems, or enough agency. Give a character enough problems, and the plot tends to take care of itself.

Ignore it if it doesn't help! I just put it on a tab for myself so I was ready when things went wrong.

What's really funny is that my word verification says "babbla"

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Barrie!

Sylvia, that does help. I'm just refining the problems my characters are facing. One of the goodies is turning out not to be so good after all, the love interest is going pear shaped and whatever my MC does something bad will happen. Let's see her get out of that!

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