Tuesday, 27 November 2012

NaNo Progress Report: No Progress

Firstly, I apologise for such a long gap since my last post. It was in no way intentional, and whilst I’d love to say the reason was due to being so caught up in writing, this is simply not the case. 
I haven’t been writing for the last two weeks. Honestly, my head hasn’t been in the game. I really do want to finish Erase. It would be amazing if I could finish it before the year ends. Whether that will happen or not is yet to be seen. 

However, before I accomplish that, I think I need to sort out my own life first. Like I said, my head isn’t in the game at the moment. Until it is, I don’t think I’m going to create anything decent, and that certainly isn’t what my MS deserves. 

Hopefully things will be back to normal soon. Until then, I hope your month went significantly better than mine, and I will be back shortly.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

NaNo Progress Report Two: Stuck in a Rut

Sorry for the belated post – time escaped me yesterday! – but to be honest my progress is no different today than it was yesterday, or for most of the days of the last week. 

I’m stuck in a rut. On Tuesday I spoke of an amazing idea which had gripped me. Well, that amazing idea has turned out to be not so amazing, since I have absolutely no idea where to go with it. I’ve gone to write several times since then, and I only end up staring at my MS, with no motivation to push ahead.

I realise I’m committing a cardinal sin in regards to writer’s block. Nothing will change unless I write myself out of my rut. I haven’t considered taking out my idea, because honestly I think it’s a good one, it’s just I don’t know how I can really integrate it into the rest of my story. 

There’s also another issue which is bothering me, which is character relationships. A while ago I had the idea to reveal a new dimension to the relationship of two main characters, but now I’m really not sure whether to go through with it. I don’t know if it fits for my characters. 

It’s basically the same issue I had with Pure by Julianna Baggott, when I found out Partridge and Pressia were brother and sister when I’d automatically assumed there would be a romantic plot between them. I wasn’t really sure about Pressia’s real love interest, and I was a little disappointed things hadn’t turned out the way I’d expected. 

Perhaps with Erase the only thing to do is try it and see. I mean I could always erase – pun not intended! – that part and alter it when I eventually came to edit it. I could take on the idea of a zero draft, which Laura discussed on her blog earlier this week. 

I guess the main thing is for me to sit down and write. If I don’t do that, then neither of these problems will be able to be resolved. 

How is your NaNo progressing? Do you have any advice in regards to my issues?

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

NaNo Progress Report and Why Today Matters

I think I’ll have a series of NaNo progress reports throughout November, so expect more from me in regards to this. 

I’m doing quite well so far. I’ve only had two days where I haven’t written, on Saturday and Sunday, but since I ended up writing two thousand words yesterday I’m essentially only a thousand words behind where I should be at the moment. I’ve written over four thousand words in the last six days, and whilst I know many NaNoers have written far more than me in this short space of time, I’m still counting it as an achievement. I have jumped from not writing at all to writing basically every day after all. 

I’m still having issues with the active vs the passive, but I think that’s just something I’m going to have to deal with, and maybe tackle a lot more during editing. I really hope to get back to editing some of my work after NaNo has finished, since it’s been a long time, and there’s a lot of work to get through. Whilst my writing itself might get better with every novel I write, I know editing thoroughly will also come into that. But right now, I’m trying to focus on writing.

On another note, today is special for two reasons. Firstly, it’s my birthday, and so far I’ve had a decent day. But secondly, and far more importantly, it’s American Election Day. I really hope that any Americans reading this – who are eligible to vote and if they haven’t done so yet – get out and vote. You may not think your vote means something, but in reality it means a lot. Nobody wants to see another Bush v Gore incident. I’m really pushing for Obama to win another term, but I guess I will have to wait and see, since right now it’s looking quite close. 

How is your NaNo progressing so far? Or, on an unrelated note, who do you want to win the election?

Saturday, 3 November 2012

NaNoWriMo and the Active Versus the Passive Voice

NaNoWriMo has officially begun! 

I’m off to a good start, already having completed a chapter and written over two thousand words, which is wonderful. Technically, if I write one thousand words a day I’ll be at my target by the end of November, which is 30,000 extra words – or a complete MS – for Erase. I haven’t written yet today, but an idea has literally just occurred to me for the next chapter or two, so it looks like I could be up to three thousand words by the end of today!

I explained to one of my friends, who also writes, about NaNoWriMo and what you have to do, and she says she’s going to give it a go, which is great! I’m really glad I’ve gotten somebody else involved, and like me she has a project she wants to work on, so it’ll be good to see how much progress she’s made by the end of November. It’s her first NaNo, so I’ll be there to encourage her on the way.

In regards to the second part of this post’s title, I’m having a little difficulty with the active versus the passive voice. It’s not just with my NaNo project, but anything I go to write. I have a really bad habit of always falling into the passive voice. It comes so easily to me, and I want to write in the passive, but I know it’s so much better for my stories – and for me – to write in the active. So that’s something which is consistently on my mind whilst writing. But other than that, I haven’t had any real issues so far.

How is NaNo going for you so far?