Sorry to keep you waiting!
The Results Are In…
As you may know, (if not check out my earlier posts) I entered NaNoWriMo – it seems like a lifetime ago now! Well, anyway, I was partaking in this endeavour, or quest, or enterprise, or whatever else you may call it. And the results are in…
Well. They were actually in on November 30, I just wanted to add some suspense until now. So, what result did I get?
Since I am but a wee lass, and of course a complete novice to writing, I went over to the version for young people: Young Writers Program. Or YWP for short. There you are allowed to set your own word goal, something you can accomplish, yet pushing you further.
I went with something quite challenging for me, 8,000 words. The novel started off at a snail’s pace; only 100 words each day. But I didn’t give up. As long as I was writing something, I was heading towards my goal!
Wading Through Treacle
But the writing process – which was meant to be amazingly fun – felt like wading through treacle. I hurled stupid things at my characters, and they just didn’t know how to react! The result? They refused to co-operate with the boring situations I was putting them in. I knew why I was being so boring. I was just too terrified to do anything else.
But there is a cure for that fear. And here it is…
Throw Something Completely Ridiculous in
My characters had started to hate their creator. So I wanted to do something!
I didn’t write for half a day. I sat there, thinking, watching the world for something completely out of place. Then I got it.
Mty characters were completely cliche, right? For example, one of them, named Debby, was one of those people. She knew everything about everything. She was cool and tomboyish. Etcetera.
It was time to throw something really random in. I gave her a really weird hobby which was totally out of chracter. Of course, Debby got ashamed at best, and hid it. She only let her best friend see. And it was so fun writing about that ridiculous hobby!
I’m Digressing. Back to the Results
Yes, I am digressing. But that was the advice which got me through the month. I added weird and wonderful things to write about, and I had a blast thinking them up and writing about them.
So, in the end, I exceeded my word goal! Only a little, since I got 106%, but it was a major achievement for me.
But my novel isn’t actually finished. Not yet. So I shall be sharing some of it, piece by piece, on here. I sincerely hope you like it, and I am having five finished copies printed! It was a gidt from the wonderful NaNoWriMo staff. Maybe I could even have competitions to win a copy…
you would love that, wouldn’t you? 🙂