So, it’s the second week of NaNoWriMo, and it has been a very difficult one.
These were my stats last night. I think you can see a recurring pattern here…I have days where I’m absolutely on target, and then days where I have to catch up since it’s so low. I haven’t been doing too badly though; I realise that a daily target of 1,667 isn’t that bad in the grand scheme of things. Last night, I had a light bulb moment that really helped me get my word count up when I was struggling. Something that I love a lot is when stories exist in the same universe. There’s just something about characters from different stories possibly meeting in another that just makes my writer head so happy. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is absolutely killing it at the moment, and American Horror story too. When I was struggling where to go next with my story, I had a sudden thought occur…due to the nature and theme of the story, why don’t I combine it with a similar themed story idea? So, that’s exactly what I did.
After my imagination went wild at the thought, I then had yet another light bulb moment…my stories could exist in the same universe. And it was at that point I decided that’s how things will be from now on. I hit my 25,000 mark with ease after integrating two story ideas. It was a brilliant spark of madness and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. it’s also been a lot easier for me to pinpoint how the story will move forward, as I have more characters to play with. Yipee!
The dips where I haven’t been writing is when I’ve been out for the evening after work, and I seriously need to step up my game when this happens. I want to make sure that I prepare for the next day if I have something to do by doubling up, but with the whole uninspired story thing, it’s been a nightmare. It’s been a case of sitting at the screen and just hoping words would fall from the sky. Now that I’ve combined stories, I can see this being a breeze and who knows? Maybe my word count will have doubled by next week.
Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year?