Progress (word count or a general status update): Yeah, I’m not winning NaNo. I added maybe 2,000 words the entire week? I hit a point in every first draft where it becomes painfully obvious the story isn’t working (seriously, every. single. first. draft.), and I hit that point a bit earlier than normal this time around. It’s a stakes problem this time. They’re not nearly where they need to be. THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN is a fast-paced time travel thriller where the stakes keep going up and up and up every chapter. The sequel so far? Kind of ho-hum, not much urgency to the whole thing. This is clearly a problem and one I need to work out before I dig myself too deep. So this might be my last NaNo update, or I might try to puzzle through a few more things on paper. We shall see.
Current Mood: Busy? Can that count as a mood?
Goals as of Today: Boil my pretty detailed outline to the bare bones and figure out what the stakes really are, then multiply them by a factor of 10.
Recent Favorite NaNo-WiP Line: Pass. The words I did manage to get out last week are all really spoiler-y for stuff that happens in the first book, so let’s skip this.
Non-NaNo News (because life DOES go on): With each passing day comes the realization that I’m going to have a baby in a few short weeks, as well as the realization that I am woefully unprepared for this event. I spent the entire three-day weekend pulling boxes from the attic, organizing, cleaning, all that fun stuff. And I’m still not done.
In My Downtime (ha!) I’m Reading: How to Teach Physics to Your Dog. There are a few technical details of the world I’m trying to introduce in this book that fall beyond my limited knowledge of classical physics, so I’m reading up in the hopes I can grasp quantum physics enough to fake it.
You should read this blog post: 25 Ways to Unstick a Stuck Story By: Chuck Wendig Because: Chuck is awesome. If you haven’t been reading the 25 Ways series on his blog, you’re missing out.
How’s NaNo treating you? Or just life in general?