I’m in the middle of my WIP. And this is always where things get sticky. Somewhere around the 25,000 word mark (currently 23), I slow down.
I wrote my first six chapters in two weeks (granted, I was rewriting, so I did get to use some words from the original version, although not many). Then I hit chapter seven at the beginning of this week and this is what happens.
I open the document.
I stare at it.
I open twitter.
I read blogs.
Check Eharlequin message boards.
Go back to chapter seven. Stare at it. Maybe right a sentence.
You get the picture. I have in my mind exactly what I want to happen the rest of the book. I have “written” in my mind numerous scenes throughout the rest of the book. I know where I’m going, I know why my characters are doing what they’re doing, but… I’m stuck.
I’ve come to realize in this WIP that this always happens to me. I guess, in a weird way, it’s part of my process. Maybe my mind needs to slow down, to really work out the end, whatever. I just need to push myself over the mental block. Once I get past that midpoint, I can usually find my speed again and polish off the last few chapters at a decent pace.
Today, I really focused on getting some words down. I let myself skip around in the chapter a little bit and then go back and fill in places (all within the chapter though). I probably wrote about 800 words, which is more than I’ve written all week. So, hopefully I can finish up this chapter tomorrow and get over that hump.
(FWIW, I write my blog posts most times in advance, so this was actually written last week, pre-NaNo. First day of NaNo, I managed to belt out 4,500 words!)