#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 3 | Jo Linsdell

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 3

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 3

Wow this month is flying by so fast! Can't believe we're at week 3 already.

This past week has been full of highs and lows... lots of lows...

I got writers block. Yep, the words stopped flowing. I had days where I wrote 0 words. Others when I wrote just a few hundred. It wasn't good. In fact it wasn't until Friday that I actually did any significant writing. Friday was a good writing day.

The Block

A writers worst nightmare. The words just don't come. Those of you that have been following my progress this month will know that I hit a few slow days already during week 2. My characters took over and well, I ended up getting lost. This week I had to deal with the after-math of that.

I ended up doing some serious brainstorming. My antagonist had just turned out to be a whole lot more of a bad guy than I'd originally planned for, and my protagonist now has to face new challenges.

I roped in the help of others (brainstorming with others really helps me organise my thoughts). On Tuesday evening I chatted with a friend of mine about the story and why I was stuck. That in itself actually helped a lot. Explaining in a brief summary how I got to this point was really good for getting my focus back on the story. Together we started to find possible answers for the never ending list of questions that had arisen, and I started to get a better idea about the backstory of my antagonist.

I started to pull together my new ideas for where the story was going. Not great, but a start at least. It was enough to beat the block, and turn things around.

A Good Writing Day

Like I said, Friday was a good writing day. What I call a jet-pack day. I got down over 3K in less than two hours. The words began to flow again. I was back on track!

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 3

Hitting 40K

On Saturday I reached the big 40K landmark. I have to say this felt pretty darn good :) It's great being able to see the end approaching. 

#NaNoWriMo2016: Week 3

Unfortunately I didn't get time to come up with any NaNoRewards though as my youngest came down with a fever :( 

Sunday was declared PJ day in our house, and the kids and I spent most of the day watching films from our DVD collection. Managed a quick word sprint session and got down 719, bringing my total to 40,719. 

As my youngest is still ill, and therefore off school for the day, not sure how productive I'm going to be able to be today, but hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in a word sprint or two at some point. Fingers crossed.