06 November 2009

NaNoWriMo: Lessons from 10k words

by Carrie Bailey

When you commit yourself to a goal, any goal, you will face some opposition though the form it takes may come as a surprise.  The solutions must be as creative as the endeavor itself if the person is to be successful.  My objective: I will write a 50k word novel for NaNoWriMo by the end of the month.      
My opposition came in the form of an angry roommate with a valid complaint and some serious boundary issues.  After a short battle over respectful communication styles and a day spent nursing my wounds in the company of friends, I lost my momentum for my novel.
Personal conflicts can always be overcome through respect and cooperation, but they can drain your energy and cause you to lose focus.  Now, I don’t hate my roommate and I won’t start World War III in my kitchen, but I won’t submit to tyranny either.
My solution:  write through it.  I skipped to a section in the novel where an uptight academic played the role of the villain.  I channeled my frustration into this character.  In the end, I had 1000 more words and a good laugh at myself.
The fictional version of my nemesis was precisely what it should be, fictional.  And the source of my inspiration was in reality a stressed out guy bombarding me with apology notes.

1 comment:

  1. I always channel events into my writing. Helps a girl not get sidetracked.