Sunday, 14 November 2010

NaNoWriMo Week 2





This week was road block week. I hit one, hard. Suddenly, I had no idea where to go next with my story.


So I:


wrote
deleted
wrote
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ate chocolate
wrote
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drank tea
wrote
deleted
decided to read blogs.


Which, it turns out, was a very serendipitous idea, because on YA Highway I found a post that could have been written just for me,  What Are Your Constellations by Lelia Austin.


I love how she compares stories to constellations


A constellation is a bunch of stars that happen to appear beside each other at a certain distance, a certain angle. And it would mean nothing if it weren’t for the lines. The invisible lines we draw between them to make them make sense, to make them into a picture, a story. It’s all about their relationships: both what we see in front of us, and what we make from seeing it.


and later 


One strong relationship can be beautiful, but most stories exist like webs, with lines woven through one thing and another and another, with stars playing their explosive part in all sorts of constellations at once.


That was the part that struck home with me. I'd been so busy writing the main relationship in the book, that I'd let the secondary characters fall away. 20,000+ words in, writing every day, I was sick of my main characters. So I started fleshing out my secondary characters and I'm back on track and half way through - yay!


How is everyone else doing? 


And did you read any wonderful quotes, inspiring blogs this week?

4 comments:

  1. I am not participating in NaNoWriMO (maybe next year) but I like this quote about writing -

    "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."
    — Robert Frost

    Good luck with the writing :)

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  2. Nic - That's such a great quote, thanks!

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  3. I love the idea of constellations as writing! Congrats on getting back on track--that's the best feeling ever. Good luck!

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  4. Meredith - thanks, it really is a great feeling.

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