#NaNoWriMo2015 Week One

quote-Margaret-Haddix-when-writing-isnt-going-well-then-the-bad-16873So far, this week has FLOWN by. I’m happy with my word count. I’m sitting at a healthy 13,895 words. I knew I was going to be taking weekends off. Having Little Man around makes it impossible to get much serious writing done. Or any writing at all. When he seems me writing, he steals my notebook and pen and does his own writing. He’s such a little shit helper.

If the Husband had a ‘normal’ job with weekends off and only 40 hours a week (instead of his 80+ – it’s the oilfield, what ya gonna do, right?), he swears he’d let me lock myself in the bedroom and pound away at the keyboard. But I’ll make the best of the situation and jot down notes while Little Man is spinning in circles in the kitchen and yelling “WHOA” when he gets tipsy.

I had hoped we were over the ‘autism spin,’ but I guess he still gets something from it – I can’t watch him do it because I’m afraid he’s gonna tip over and give himself a concussion on one of the counter-tops. After all these years, he’s finally learned to catch himself. No lectures on child safety, please – google “Autism and Spinning” and you’ll find it’s a ‘visual stimulus’ that allows him to cope with things. But this isn’t a blog about living with Autism (although it does directly impact almost every corner of our lives – that’s another blog for another time).

OK, back to NaNoWriMo.

lightening2I learned something during this last week that was a major “AH HA!” moment for me. See, I love my characters. And I love the adventure they are engaged in. But I kept hitting a wall. The story wasn’t quite clicking for me. At first, I thought it was because I was incapable of telling the story and that frustrated me to no end. The other thought was I suck at writing. The jury may still be out on that one.

And then I read this article (Planning a Novel: Character Arc In A Nutshell) on character arc and it suddenly all clicked. I hadn’t uncovered their motivation for why they were doing what they were doing. I know – “DUH!” I wish I would have understood this years ago. This may be the reason so many of my WIPs remain unfinished. I never figured out my characters’ unfulfilled needs. [Insert face-palm here].

So, that’s where I’m at this week. I hope I can keep up the momentum and power through the rest of the month.

How are YOU doing? Did you learn anything that made you step back and think “OMG! How could I not have known that?!”

Happy Writing!

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