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

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3 responses to “Uphill battle

  1. That was a fun video. I’ve seen my family play the various incarnations of FF, but I’ve never played myself. Graphics are beautiful though.

    I guess this post is 11 days old. Have you managed to keep your steam? Have you reignited the spark for your story? I see you’re ahead of me. 🙂

    • FFXIV is the newer MMO. Love it! It’s got such a beautiful story and makes you feel important as a character even in such a large world with so many other players.

      I fell hard last week in terms of trying to keep going like I had in week 1. Regaining now that I brought another character in. Why does the story really start to get interesting when he shows up? Stupid paladin. That’s about the point I picked up speed again (plus I check my writing buddies every so often for motivation to get a move on).

      I’m mostly plugging along still, just trying to get something down and I’ll let the dust settle and see what I’ve got later. I keep changing my mind on things so it’s not going to be a fun edit.

  2. Hope you made it through okay. I’ve been struggling this time around too, mostly with procrastination. When I actually get down to writing, it goes okay, but getting myself to that point everyday has been brutal.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. It meant a lot to me!

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