The 2010 NaNO Challenge – Week 3.

Ah, NaNO!  I seem to be spending every waking moment just thinking about it.  I have to keep reminding myself not to panic.  This is supposed to be fun remember?  We’re now into week three and I feel the pressure is well and truly on.

I felt I needed a break from it all and took the family away for a couple of days.  I brought the laptop with every intention to write, but instead I took the time to enjoy the break.  Coming back home, I was refreshed to keep the momentum going and I am now well and truly over the half-way mark and have made it to the other side.  I’ve heard many writers mention that it’s when you hit the middle of the book, that the writing tends to sag; that being in the middle is the most difficult.  It’s alright to hit a snag every once in a while, just leave a gap and get on with what you can write; you can always go back to it.

I may be well behind where I’m supposed to be, and I’ve now begun to work both night and day towards reaching the target.  I feel a great part of my frustration is my main character.  As I’ve gone from writing from third to first person, I’m now worried if my protagonists’ voice sounds authentic.  See?  I told you I’m spending all my time thinking about NaNO.  I’ve got plenty of time to work all this out later!  Despite any problems I may be experiencing with my novel, I’m still determined to get to the end and on time.  If you’re experiencing problems with getting the words out, Dee White has some tips on her website you might find helpful.

I must admit, though, NaNO is definitely getting me writing.  It is forcing me to get my butt in the chair and type like mad.  Besides, I’m aiming to give myself a well deserved reward when I finish.  I now have an incentive – how about you?

6 thoughts on “The 2010 NaNO Challenge – Week 3.

  1. You’re going great, Debbie. Try not to worry if your protag’s voice isn’t right. You can fix that later. Keep going. Best wishes, Chris

  2. Thanks for your support Chris. Much appreciated! 🙂

  3. Hi Deborah, Keep going with it. You’re over half way now.
    Good idea about writing in 1st person. I do that when I want a stronger, more authentic voice too. You can always convert to 3rd person later…Karen :))

  4. Thanks Karen. First person seems to be working better for me, that’s for sure! It’s helping me get closer to the finish line. :))

  5. Glad to hear it. For NaNo, I’ve finished my SF kids 10K novel now working on the 2nd draft. I’m writing in 1st person too. :))

  6. Way to go Karen. Keep it up! Best wishes, Deb

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