Highs and Lows of NaNoWriMo

It’s been a whirlwind since NaNoWriMo started. Being the planner that I’ve come to be, it’s such a struggle to not edit my writing or look at my research that I’ve been compiling since April. I was off to great start and still am. I’ve consistently stayed ahead on my daily word count goals. While I refer to my outline, new ideas come to me as a I write, driving me and my story forward. I’ve completely changed some things, though, and added new things and discarded others. I’ve rewritten scenes, which I need to stop doing. I must stop going back to read what I’ve already written.

Along the way, I changed my protagonist’s name and gave her an entirely new personality. Once I reached around 7,000 words, I origin_3875374318decided to completely changes things. I deviated from my original plan and shifted the point of view to another character. Through all my plotting, I had never considered changing view points from chapter to chapter and character to character, but I’m glad I did. It’s been great fun. I feel as though it gives my other cast of characters a chance to tell their side of the story. I’m using three different characters who take turns showing and telling their story.

When I decided to use other character’s points of view, I steamrolled through a couple thousand words. Then BAM! I hit a block. I began panicking. My plots and plans had been turned upside down since switching characters. So what did I do? I strayed more off course and did a bad thing to another character — one who isn’t a point of view character but a major player in my cast. I made it so that she was under suspicion of murder. I was so proud that I deviated from my outline. I felt like a total NaNoWriMo’ing panster. I wrote for another 1,000 words and then BAM! Here I sit wondering how the hell to get this character out of the local jail when my outlining did not allow for this plot twist.


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11 Great Podcasts for Writers

I’ve gotten tons of helpful advice from these podcasts for my novel-in-progress. Everything from character creation and dialogue tips, to plot and conflict building, plus how to stay motivated.

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1.  American Writers Creative Writing Podcast by Tom Occhipinti

2.  The Creative Penn by Joanna Penn

3.  The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt by Andrew J. Chamberlain

4.  Dead Robots’ Society by The Dead Robots’ Society

5.  I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty

6.  Inside Creative Writing by Brad Reed

7.  The Narrative Breakdown by Cheryl Klein and James Monohan

8.  The Secrets Podcast for Writers by Michael A. Stackpole

9.  Writing Excuses by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells

10.  The Writing Show by Paula Berinstein

11.  The Writing University Show by The Writing University