This week, I hit the halfway point. Yay! But I always have a lot fewer of my scenes actually mulling around in my head for the second half of the book, which makes it harder. Yesterday, I got to a scene that I had no idea what to do with. I forced out some words, intent on reaching my wordcount goals.
JuNoWriMo Lessons: Don't Let the Goal Get in the Way of the Writing
Shallee ● Jun 18, 2011
It was a disaster.
The scene came to a standstill. It just wasn't working, and I could feel that. I knew what it really needed-- time for me to think about it. But I didn't have time! I only get so much writing time a day, and I had to get those words out, darnit!
I got incredibly frustrated and knew I wouldn't be able to write anymore until I thought through the scene. And I remembered something important.
This isn't about the wordcount.
Yes, my goal is 2,000 words a day, but the goal is just a means to an end. My PURPOSE in making this goal is to challenge myself to write more so I can get a better, faster first draft turned out. And by forcing myself to pound out words that weren't working, I wasn't reaching the purpose of my goal. I was letting the goal dictate, and it got in the way of the story.
I'm glad I realized it in time, because after some thought, I came up with a better way to write this scene that actually requires some minor changes BEFORE this point. It will enhance the conflict, and make the story better. And that's the point.
So, my friends, how are your goals going? What frustrates you when you write? How do you solve those frustrations?
Search this blog
Sign Up for my Newsletter!
Be the first to get exciting news about books and events! You won't get spammed-- newsletters will come a few times a year. Click here to sign up!
- How to Write Strong Character Relationships
- 5 Tips for Writing Memorable Romantic Scenes
- How to create a character's personality
- How to Write a Character's Voice-- Attempting to Define the Undefinable
- Turn an Idea into a Killer Story Concept: Go Big or Go Home
- How to Dump Info without Info-dumping-- Writing Lessons from Inception
- Banned Books Week Review: The Handmaid's Tale
- The Name Game-- Keeping Character Names Consistent in Your Novel
- Mustaches for Maddie-- a Giveaway for a Brave Little Girl
- Using Family History for Novel Fodder
- ► 2014 (23)
- ► 2013 (30)
- ► 2012 (58)
- How to Dump Info without Info-dumping-- Writing Le...
- JuNoWriMo Lessons: The Joys of Mid-WIP Discovery
- How to Write Deeper Characters: Be them for a day
- JuNoWriMo Lessons: Don't Let the Goal Get in the W...
- Why do you love writing?
- 4 Tips for How to Write a Mystery into your Novel
- What Constitutes "Dark" in Literature?
- It's no BEA, but the Utah Festival of Books Rocked...
- JuNoWriMo Lessons: You CAN Keep Writing When You T...
- How to Write Fascinating Characters by Making them...
- ▼ June (10)