Ok- I admit it. I can never remember the name for the writing challenge this month. I have a good memory for some things, a lousy memory for others. But the point is:
Who’s working on their novel this month?
You all know I want to finish my novel. You should also know, that after taking a writing class, I scrapped my initial intent to write the novel in 3rd person and switched to 1st person. This requires a lot more than changing a few words. This requires changing everything.
The upside: I am so much happier with the way my character is developing. I’ve brought a relatability and an intimacy that the character was lacking, and I felt I needed. In third person, my character seemed cold and sterile. In first, she is almost charming. I know!! I’m writing a charming character! I didn’t think it could be done, but it just might!! I’m also doing that talk to the screen type of technique. I sort of have the narrator talk to the reader of the book, so they’re in on the secret. Spoiler alert: my book contains a secret.
I’m still having issues with giving details. I realize that details are essential to a novel- they paint the mind picture for the reader. I just don’t know how much to dole out at a time. I don’t know when I’m being top heavy with adjectives, so I tend to minimalize. Yes, I know- bad idea. I know what’s in my mind- readers don’t. Now- there are often times I think that no one in their right mind should be in my head, but that’s a whole other story.
I’m liking my character. She has many of my good traits- think tea and organization. But her bad habits are WAY different than mine. She is much funnier than I am. It’s amazing to me that I, the least funny person in real life, can write characters that are funny.
Oh- my teacher suggested that I don’t use …… or -. Now, if you’ve read me for awhile, you know that I can’t write without these devices. So, the hardest part of my novel writing experience may be not using ….. or -. Seriously- I tried writing yesterday and these things just magically appear on the page. I will need to attend ellipses anonymous.
But the good news. I scratched out 1700 words yesterday (on my novel, excluding my blog ). yay me.
Alas- writing month should really be in February, when I am hunkered down hibernating. November in New York is glorious, and I plan a lot of outings. Think of it as a squirrel storing nuts for the winter- I store memories to get me through the arctic NYC winters where I need to walk everywhere, every day. I need memories of ballets and concerts to motivate me out the door.
So today will be a Good Luck to all of you writing 50,000 words this month. It’s a big task, but I know each and every one of you is up to the challenge. I look forward to reading every novel once it’s published!!! And there are a few of you I will be requesting signed copies from. Jay- that’s a hint…….
What to expect from me? Probably a daily word count. I’m sure I will tell you when I’m at a crossroads. I will not be blogging on the weekends. I have a great deal of trouble writing Saturday and Sunday when my family is around (they really are annoying) and I will be spending my alone time working on my 1700 or so words.
Here goes nothing!!!