Halfway through Nanowrimo

My novel in its natural state

My novel in its natural state

I thought I’d be past the tough part of Nanowrimo by this point. I really did. I think the only time I’ve had such a difficult time was in 2006, when I was writing the second half of a novel I’d started the year before and slowly discovered that there wasn’t enough novel left to fill another Nanowrimo. This time, I still have more plot to get to, but I’m being derailed by plot hole after plot hole. I’m still chugging along, but it’s going to get really hard once my outlined plot ends.

One thing that is helping me get through Nanowrimo is my complete lack of a console that would play Fallout 4. For now I’ll have to content myself with Fallout Shelter. Is anyone still playing that anymore?

Nanowrimo and PitchWars

Looking at this picture makes me really want another macchiato and cookie.

Looking at this picture makes me really want another macchiato and cookie.

I’m having trouble with Nanowrimo this year, guys. Not with meeting my word count, per se, but with trying to figure out where this story starts and ends. When you find yourself googling “should I write flashbacks?” you know you’re in trouble. My novel outline has multiple points of view, some in the past and some in the present, and it’s just a complete mess. I know it’s not working, but I can’t figure out how to fix it, and it seems easier to give up.

On the other hand, I know that this happens every year around this time. More than once, I’ve debated whether to abandon a novel and start a new one at this point in Nanowrimo. I know it’s just my brain’s way of telling me that thinking is too hard. I’ve gotta keep going. If I stick with it long enough, I should start liking it again by next week…at least until I start hating it again.

In other news, I got a new day job, and finished Pitch Wars. I got a request for a full from an agent (woohoo!), and I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. Emmie Mears, my mentor, writes gritty urban fantasy and—is superhero fiction sci fi? I feel like it’s sci fi. Anyway, I bought her book, Shrike: The Masked Songbird, just before heading on the Writing Excuses cruise, and pretty much read the entire thing on the plane there. The best way to describe it is if The Devil Wears Prada was a superhero origin story. I highly recommend it, and look forward to reading the rest of her books.

If you want to check out my previous posts on Nanowrimo, you can find them under my Nanowrimo tag. To everyone else who’s doing it this month, good luck! Now I have to go finish my word count for the day.