*starts laughing hysterically*
Well, when I said I was going to unleash my inner Elsa this year, I hadn’t quite meant so literally.
I’m getting a lesson in letting things go.
So what happened?
NaNoWriMo started off beautifully. I was ahead of the game for the first five days. And on schedule on the sixth day. Which is the fastest 10K I’ve ever written.
But on day six, my characters threw me a couple of curve balls.
Now, they had been apparently been in a conspiracy about this because I knew something was going on with this story that didn’t feel right.
My prose was terrible (I KNOW THAT PROSE IS A MICRO EDIT but it’s a micro-edit that matters to me), my character’s arcs weren’t coming naturally, and it just felt like climbing uphill while pulling teeth (to combine metaphors).
My characters informed me that I had the wrong MC. Basically by having my MC’s sister be more interesting than the MC.
So, I decided to let it go and let Ash be the MC.
And that was interesting.
It involved love triangles and time travel and my villain and…
I wasn’t having fun. I was getting constantly stuck/freezing up. This wasn’t just something I could keep writing through.
I think that my problem is trying to adhere too rigidly to a plot. I am trying to shove pieces into a puzzle that they didn’t go into. I wasn’t letting go.
So, how am I going to fix this?
I’m going to start over. NaNoReDo.
Still keeping that 13.3K I wrote, though, because two days behind is enough, I don’t need to be behind all the days.
I am going to let the characters have the story they want instead of trying to shove them into a box.
I’m going to let it go.
To my characters: