Week Four

After week four, “Be a Movie Star” is 86,989 words. That’s fairly long, and I know it’s going to be a lot of work to revise this thing, but the first draft is not finished yet. There are twenty chapters so far, but I still have a long way to go. It feels like I haven’t met my writing goal because the novel won’t be finished this month. I am in love with the characters and the story, and I will keep writing it after November 30.


Week Three

At the end of week two, I had already written 50,000 words and had completed the first draft of “On Ice.”

This week, I started a second novel, called “Be a Movie Star.” During the last seven days, I have written 47,426 of it. It’s going a lot faster than “On Ice,” which was science fiction. “Be a Movie Star” is a book about daily life, and is a lot easier to write than the extremes of “On Ice.” I’m also a Pantser, and I find it hard to write sci-fi as I go. “On Ice” is also in the third person, because I needed to switch back and forth to cover what different characters were doing, and “Be a Movie Star” is in first person.

I find first person easier to write because I can move seamlessly from inside the character’s head to the action around them. Which person do you prefer to write in? Please leave me a comment.


Be a Movie Star

91,464 of 50,000 words written

title: Be a Movie Star

genre: some kind of family and relationships romance thing

personal goal for the project: no violence, and only minor accidents

I finished “On Ice” in fourteen days and am starting a second NaNoWriMo project.

synopsis: Natasha loves her job, and when she meets Peter, who has two children from a previous marriage, she thinks she’s a winner; what could be better than an instant family? She keeps putting in those twelve-hour days at the office, but then disaster strikes. Peter meets a movie star, falls in love, and suddenly, Natasha has to give up the job she loves and try to be a single mother to two kids who desperately miss their dad and barely know Natasha.


Week Two

Week one ended with the realization that my word count could only increase if I did some revising. I certianly wasn’t looking forward to it. I like to take the often-given writing advice to put your draft in a drawer for a few weeks or months, and then have a fresh manuscript to work with. The problem with that was that I wanted to finish the whole draft in thirty days.

In some cases, that advice isn’t the best. That’s what I’ve learned during the second week of NaNoWriMo. Yes, when you have a fairly complete draft, it’s great advice, but my draft was far from that.

I’m adding things that the reader might wish to know, such as background about the characters, which I didn’t do when I speed-wrote the first 30,000 words last week. I also realized that I didn’t much like what I’d made of the ending. There was a great deal of narrative summary, which is fine in some cases, but this stuff didn’t add anything at all to the story. It also wasn’t very long, so I started removing those sections and expanding them with dialog and action at full experiential volume.

I’ve done that, and now the first draft is finished at 50,030 words in two weeks. There is more work to do, but that will have to wait for revision.


Week One

In the first seven days of NaNoWriMo, I have written an average of 4,000 words per day. My novel isn’t finished, but I have reached the end of the story. A lot of details need to be added, so I will spend the next twenty-three days doing that. I know what happens, now I just need to smooth it out, lengthen it, and make it plausible.


Starting NaNoWriMo

I was quite nervous, but I got started on Friday. My book took an unexpected detour, and I’ve managed to make up a new word, and am now trying to prevent myself from overusing it. I have an idea of how the story will end. When I revise, I will need to add a lot of details, and I really must stop writing pages and pages of unbroken dialog. I’m starting to like my characters, but I don’t know them as well as I’d like to. One thing I’m happy about is that I was a bit of a Plantser. I planned just enough of the story to stay on track, but I need that element of surprise that comes from Pantsing, so I combined them. One thing I am struggling with is third person narration. My point of view switches between characters, so this narration style makes sense, but I find it hard to take things smoothly into the characters’ heads, and then out again for a more distant view. I find first person so much easier, but it doesn’t work for this book. I’m excited about my story and afraid of what might happen next.