Sunday, November 18, 2012

NaNoWriMo: Want to Give Up?

NaNoWriMo does it to me every
year somewhere in the middle.
This year seems worse but it
probably isn't. 
We're past the halfway point of NaNoWriMo and I'm confronting this old, familiar feeling of wanting to give up.

Actually what's happened is the middle of my story has sucked away the enthusiasm I had for the beginning and still have for the end. My characters are stuck in a seemingly insurmountable trap and I'm having trouble figuring out how to get them out of it so I can move the plot forward again. It can't be obvious, it can't be contrived, it can't be cliche, it can't be this and it can't be that.

Bah.

I need to jump them ahead on the board and get the action going again. There are plenty of obstacles ahead and the ones they've got in front of them now are minor compared to what's coming.

But how do I get them there?

Stop worrying, drop in an at least plausible solution and move them above ground again. They're changing, that's good. They're resourceful and have power behind them, that's good. What's happened is that they're whining. It's too much and that's bad.

What's really happening is that I'm concerning myself with sentence variety, passive verb tenses, and keeping one focused POV. The first two things are easily fixable and the second less so but still fixable. I should just start writing and keep going, right?

The middle's not going to beat me. No, sir.

Anyway. Back to writing. More updates as they come. Keep watch on the Death Bar on the right column for progress.