False start


Well, I pondered and pondered over my novel all last night and this morning on the Metro ride to work. I knew it wasn't going to work. But did I just keep going anyway? Or should I start over? And what would I start over with?

Then, I had a flash today at some point sitting at my desk at work - right in the middle of reviews and deadlines and annoying reviewers.

I took that flash, cultivated it, and I've started completely over - and I am much, much, much, much happier with what I've written! I was most definitely forcing it yesterday and I hated every second of it. But I'm TRULY listening to the characters now (I have three female protagonists - two of whom didn't even exist when I woke up this morning). I even figured out who Katie was - she's Cassie's friend's 13-year-old daughter!

I was going to trash those 824 words, but the NaNo Bible (No Plot, No Problem) , says to keep every word - even those you know you're not going to use. it felt like cheating, but I just did what Chris said and colored all those words white. They're invisible, but countable as he says.

So, mood elevator from the NaNoWriMo Report Card has gone from 2 to about an 8. Whew!


Whoo-hoo!! Excellent, sweetie! I'm glad to hear it!

Something had to go right for you this week, right??


Go Dana! It's so much better when you're not forcing it, and the characters are doing the talking. My characters have heaps to say, but I don't have time to listen!! Good luck!

Yay! I'm glad to hear the characters are talking to you now! Hope they keep chattering!

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2011 Participant

2011 Municipal Liaison
NaNoName: pipermaru
Also known as: Dana

2011 NaNo Novel:
Who knows?


Download Erik Benson's NaNo Report Card in .xls format
Updated for 2011 by Dana

Past NaNovels

2010 Winner
Untitled Supernatural Mystery
Final Word Count: 52,769

2009 Winner
Gethsemane Redux
Final Word Count: 52,256

2008 Winner
Circle of Six
Final Word Count: 63,211

2007 Winner
Basic Chemistry
Final Word Count: 56,093

2006 Winner
Trixie Belden and the Mystery at Turtle Cove
Final Word Count: 50,773

2005 Winner
Final Word Count: 50,724

2004 Winner
Beneath the Surface
Final Word Count: 51,021

2003 Winner
House of Cards
Final Word Count: 63,789