As many of you know, I tried to do the November novel writing challenge. How did I do? Well, a lot goes on if you view the glass half empty or half full (or kamikaze fatalist that Cynthia talks about- where not only is the glass empty, but it shatters and you cut your hand…..)
I wrote 35,000 words. I was 15,000 short of my goal. Am I happy or am I upset? Initially, I was a little annoyed when I realized there was no way I was going to hit my writing goal. But then my friend SF said, it’s really not the amount of words, it’s about the writing.” And he was right. A wise man. I have had many wise, male friends. I’ve never married any of them, but I know them…..
I’m choosing happy with what I did accomplish.
- I have 35m more words than I started out with
- 109 pages
- 109 pages that I can work with (which has never been the case before)
- characters developing nicely
- characters have believability
- I’m about to hit the climax, and I have the major plot points mapped out to get to the conclusion
- I know where some of the holes and gaps are, and have ideas on how to fix them
My biggest issue: Is the story too simplistic. Nothing blows up. No one gets murdered. It’s just a slightly humorous story about trying to find love as you get older. But do people want to read something like that?
I’ve learned other things about me and writing:
- I have to become more materialistic. When I’m trying to describe settings, I am having difficulty with specifics. I wrote a scene where you need to sit on the couch. How do I describe the couch? I’m not a decorator type, so I have no idea what different fabrics are called. I can’t have every character have a sofa that is ultra suede, canvas or velvet. I need a primer on different furniture styles and materials. I know when I do the rewrite, I’m going to need a home décor book.
- I now actively watch people. Yes, this is probably as creepy as it sounds. I look at hair color, face hair, tattoos, hair cuts, how people sit, how they stand- etc. I never realized how much detail people want/need. I never realized how much you can show in a story just by describing them. Like it or not- we all make assumptions based on appearances (but I realize- I think I make less assumptions) Side note- I don’t know if people like being stared at on the subway, especially if you’re taking notes.
- I need a description cheat sheet. I forgot what I named a characters child. I forgot how I described someone’s living room. these little details must be consistent throughout the book, but you have to also not overuse description.
- I hate typing quotation marks. I think they’re stupid. But alas, I know we need them.
And there you have it- the conclusion of writing month. Hope everyone worked towards their personal goals. Keep writing!