Uphill battle

This more or less is how I’ve felt so far trying to work on this project for NaNoWriMo:

First, I kept skipping to the next scene, just trying to keep moving. Then I realize a little more than 11K words in that I had found the start to my novel, but I was still struggling to get through it. So I jumped ahead to my big battle and am working my way to the end. That’s working out okay, but it’s really weird for me to jump so far ahead instead of just skipping to the next scene.

My brain has been wanting to work on that battle sequence for a while, so I gave up trying to hold off until I got that far. The battle isn’t what surprised me, but an interaction afterward between my main character and her partner. I hadn’t been expecting him to behave the way he did, never mind with such intensity. I want to say that this is probably my favorite moment so far between the two.

I’m hoping that I can break 20K by the end of the weekend, giving me a huge amount of breathing room. At least in terms of NaNoWriMo. For now, since those early chapters and scenes were written for the event, I’ve left them in place and marked them to find their way to my scrap folder later.

So, yes, this year, NaNoWriMo has been an uphill battle for me. While my word count is high, I fear I may run out of steam here soon.

I shouldn’t have used a FFXIV reference. Now I’m wanting a break to go play. x.x

What to do… What to do… #IWSG

While predominantly I have NaNoWriMo on the brain, there has been something, perhaps silly, that has been bothering me as Twisted Magics creeps ever closer to publication: How do you decide on cover art?

I’m no artist and I’ve taken some basic graphic design classes, but I’m by nowhere near confident enough to produce my own cover. I’ve glanced at different individuals and companies that do cover art, but I first need to tell them what I want. And honestly, I don’t know.

I’ve been browsing different book covers, trying to get ideas. Do I go with something simple that conveys the theme of my book? Do I have an artist bring my main character to life visually? Cost is always a factor, but I’ve found reasonably priced artists whose work I like (and perhaps drooled a little over).

For now, the issue has more or less been tabled as I work my way through NaNoWriMo. Trying to keep up my personal minimum of 2K words a day keeps me fairly well distracted. Of course that’s on top of the normal chaos of life. I probably shouldn’t admit that the only reason I had brought my laptop to a meeting last night was so I could sneak in a few more words.

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I’ve tried to be a good little WriMo by not logging into FFXIV until I’ve at least finished my goal for the day, but I really needed a break yesterday. I broke the NaNo goal for the day first, does that count?