NaNo Day 5 4


2500 words so far today. So I’m over 6,000 words total. (not including the reams of pages I’ve created for notes and outlines and character studies.)

But what I’ve noticed is the way I’m writing has changed over the past couple years. I used to write sequentially, basically one chapter in a couple days, then I’d edit it to the way I wanted it, and move on to the next chapter. One foot after another.

However, since I’ve taken Candy Haven’s FastDraft, when I get stuck, I jump to a scene that may not be in order and write it. That’s how I wrote Delving Deep and its yet-unnamed sequel. And with this latest – An Inconvenient Enemy – I’ve written an outline – basically a paragraph summing up each chapter, sometimes a paragraph for a specific scene and then fill it out from there using Word’s Split Screen feature. Which means I can jump back and forth and stay within the outline. It’s a rather interesting process, but I’m also finding it rather disconcerting. Still, words are being written, and the story is being told. And interestingly enough, I’m finding the scenes I’m writing are those filled with emotion.

I’m wondering if that’s because I’m writing with emotionally charged music this time where normally I write without any music as I found it distracting.

So do you write sequentially, chapter one followed by chapter two? And do you write to music? Do you think there is a difference in the way you write if you change up your procedures?


4 thoughts on “NaNo Day 5

  • julia

    I’ve recently relaxed on the sequential thing and have had good success with it. And music is a must for me when writing. I do like to match the mood of the scene I’m in, but sometimes it has nothing to do with it at all.

    For example, I lean heavily on Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for the tragic vampire storyline I’m working on. But sometimes I’ll write to Kylie Minogue or Gwen Stefani.

  • Amy Ruttan

    I write from beginning to end, I can’t just start in mid point. I have to start at the beginning and I listen to music. I have numerous lists on my computer to set the mood. For example I am listening to Timbalands Shock Value for my vampire NaNo. 🙂

  • Christine d'Abo

    I have to write sequentially. Basically I don’t know what my story is until I write it. I’ll usually have a starting point when I start a draft, but that’s it. If I get stuck, I either walk away for a bit or I re-read what I’ve written and then…keep going.

  • Leah Braemel

    Amy & Christine: That’s the way I used to be. I couldn’t imagine jumping around. That’s what I find so disconcerting now. And I think it’s going to blow up on me because I’m over 6000 words into the story and decided to change what my heroine does. Which means half of chapter one will have to change. Ouch! I think I’m defeating the purpose of NaNo…unless I can include parts that I’ve edited out, my wordcount is going to be up and down like a yo-yo.

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