NaNoWriMo Update -Week Three




Wow, what a difference two weeks can make.  My characters have found themselves caught in a turf war between the Canadian mob and Chicago Mob during the 1960s. It has been a challenge to write about chasing a character without tracking devices, cell phones, or a GPS. It is easier for my characters to cross borders and get through airports because security was negligible.

 It is a challenge to be a protagonist and antagonist in this novel. The characters have to be a creative thinkers. The lack of technology has been a problem for me because I don't think any longer about life without text messages, emails, tweets, or coded Facebook messages.

I also am learning much about the novel writing process during this exercise to write everyday. I have found that the characters and the plot actually are driving the novel. It is hard to put into words, but I always follow my outline when I write. (Don't laugh. Sixteen plus years of Catholic schooling does have an impact.) This time the outline expands with each of my writing sessions as the characters reveal the plot and action to me.

I have identified my main characters. I have a conflict, actually more than one. This time one of the characters in the story created a new subplot and it has enhanced my story. (No, it wasn't that glass of wine at dinner!)

This experience is challenging me, but the support material on the website has enhanced my writing.
Got to go and write. Check out the webstie www.nanowrimo.org and see what this organization is doing for writers of all ages.

29,622 words completed and twelve more days to make my goal of 50,000 words. Write on "WriMos" everywhere.

Comments

Janice Mathews said…
Pat - it sounds like hard work - but exciting and exhilarating at the same time. Sounds like you are learning a lot about writing and the fast pace is making you writr with more freedom. Do you get feedback when it is all over?
Keep going - you're over the hump!
Amy Jarecki said…
Hi Pat - Great to hear that you are enjoying NaNo, and that your characters and plot are jumping off the page! Good for you!!

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