NaNoWriMo, Day 17: Like Pulling Teeth

Progress has been made. I wasn’t particularly productive at Panera tonight (I’m estimating somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 words), but I haven’t updated with last night’s Arabica total (around 700 words), either. If you add the roughly 1,300 words of background material I just wrote, that makes for about 2,300 words that aren’t included in my current total (21,760), which should put me right around 23,000. Still a fair bit behind, but nothing that can’t be made up in a day or two.

Since I’ve been stumbling over scenes that just weren’t working over the past couple of days, I decided to go back and do something I might have done early in week one, had I known what I was going to write about at the time: I’m setting the stage.

There’s a lot of stage to set, and most of what I’m writing now will likely be integrated into the story in some other form. I think it’s important that I set the stage now (better late than never) because it’s really going to help establish some boundaries and — more importantly, direction — for the story in the coming days. What I wrote tonight is interesting, and has me looking at my story from a new angle, which is definitely a good thing. It may take a couple more days of writing this type of background before I get back to the story, but right now it feels like I’ll have a good idea where the story needs to go once I start moving it forward again.

I’d add more to the 1,300 words I just wrote, but I have a job that I’d like to keep, regardless of how much it’s cutting into my writing time.

6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo, Day 17: Like Pulling Teeth”

  1. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

    You go! GO, DAMMIT! 🙂 You can do this.

  2. I’d add more to the 1,300 words I just wrote, but I have a job that I’d like to keep, regardless of how much it’s cutting into my writing time.

    Ahh, the joys of work. Always cutting in on time you’d rather be doing something else. Then again, if it didn’t, it wouldn’t be called work, would it?

  3. You could all ways use them like a flashback……ooooooooooohhhhhhhh….I loveflashbacks!!

    That sounds sooo wrong. Maybe it only seems kinky the first time?

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