Muses running wild… and lots of coffee

That’s a perfect summary of my third NaNo week. writercaffeine-300x236

After lots of caffeine and many many hours of typing, it’s time to look back at another week before starting a new one.

On the positive side, my characters finally started to turn into real people. I was especially worried about Will, the lead character and focalizer of the novel, who seemed just too 5678b3ea4d0eea403d1c1205bfe9ad84well adjusted to have any kind of real personality. Luckily, my other main character saw it pretty much the same way and made it his personal mission to cause character development. And boy oh boy, was Will developing.

But it was not just him, but also the rest of the cast. They said things I never expected them to say, did things I didn’t plan for them to do, and put their feet down several times to let me know this was how they wanted things to go.

As E.L. Doctorow said, “Writing is a socially accepted form of schizophrenia.” It’s one I fully embrace though, for it means my characters finally started to have voices and talk to me :)

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On the negative side though, my inner editor came back this week, just to remind me that this sucks!!! and to question how on earth that story was ever going to make sense (I can see the HUGE logic gaps from over here!). As predicted by the end of week two, the real battle was week three. And the battle is still ongoing.

Although… I’m currently two days ahead of the schedule, at 40 000 words. I’m so close to the finish line, and every word is another step towards it. I’m not going to give up now.

And to all my fellow writers: We are almost there! I’ll meet you at the finish line. And I’m going to bring cookies!

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(c) by Pusheen the Cat

Status: Still writing

il_570xN.448123416_94bbWhat a week this has been… there was a Friday the 13th, which is a day I love (I never had any bad luck on that supposedly unlucky day), and a meeting with fellow WriMos at Starbuck’s in Winterthur (if you are reading this, hi to everyone! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you).

It was also the second week of NaNoWriMo.

And surprise, here I am, still writing and still going strong.

That does of course not mean I didn’t have any of those doubts and setbacks that week two is famous for. In fact, I’m scared I’ll have more of those coming up in week three. But so far, I managed to fight through it, and yesterday, I breached the important halfway-line.

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Perfectly summing up my week… (from “No Plot, Not Problem” by Chris Baty)

25 000 words. Wow. Never even thought I’d get that far…

That calls for another massive THANK YOU to the amazing NaNo Community in general, and to my absolutely awesome Writing Buddies in particular.

And now, onto the next half!

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