April 20th, 2010

Day 19

Uhhhh. I was gonna write 2500 and I only wrote 1657.

Today I am going to write 500 and Think Very Hard.

Tip for all of you who are hating your books. This is from the companion book to NaNoWriMo, No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty. He says before you start, you should list 10 things you love in a novel. For me, some of these would be the forced proximity plot (a couple thrown together), fake marriage or fake dating, and falling for the boy next door (not really, Jennifer!). Then you should list 10 things you hate in a novel. (My #1: unhappy ending.)

Now look at your lists. Chris says that you should keep them handy, and as you write, you should put as much stuff from the first list in your novel as you can. Whenever you come to a twist and you're not sure what happens next, use something from that list.

He also says when you're tired, ironically you're likely to put stuff into your book from the second list--the list you hate--because that stuff is at the front of your mind, you hate it so much. Make sure that stuff doesn't get in your book!

This is your journey, and it is hard. You don't have the power to make it easy, but you do have the power to love it.

Your turn:

What you're writing in April

What you said you would write yesterday (Monday)

What you actually wrote yesterday

What you will write today