Is it just me or did Day 17 feel woefully uneventful after all the hype around the halfway point? Despite its lack of charm, Day 17 still proved to be another productive day for me. I hope you all can say the same. Feel free to tell me all about it in the comment section!
Today’s Word Count: 2,553
Total Word Count: 42,635
Estimated Writing Time: 1.75 hours
Feeling: Drained from work but reinvigorated by my writing time!
Motivation: Hitting my word count goal so that I can have one of the brownies I baked last night. Yes, folks, we are at the point where chocolate has become a motivator — if only for one evening.
Inspiration: Laying even more foreshadowing for the big reveal at the end of my novel.
Biggest Triumph: I’ve been having an issue with my novel. In the final scene, my protagonist has to return to a certain room, and I could not figure out a logical way to get her there. However, her handsome, genius love interest handed it to me (I mean, her…) on a silver platter tonight. Thank you, good Sir.
Biggest Setback: The scenes I wrote today contained a lot of exposition. As a trained creative writer, I always struggle with exposition, because I feel obligated to make my descriptions “unique” and “poetic.” However, I’m learning to let that conscious effort go and just trust my instincts.
Helpful Insights: Trust your subconscious mind. I have been trying to sort out the issue described in my triumph section (as well as a few other details) for the last 10,000 or so words. However, I trusted that if I kept my story moving in the right direction, the answer would emerge. It did, and strangely (or awesome-ly, if that can be a word), it felt more like my characters provided it. As I wrote out my characters’ actions, I literally said, “Oh, well there we go,” as if I had no involvement at all.
In short: if you have a good map, strong characters, and a creative mind, relax! The three of them will work together behind your back and solve your problems in due time.