Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Home Stretch (In Which I Break My Long Silence)



As I labor desperately to finish my rushed, 50,000 word magnum opus, I'm listening to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Spotify (the program which has saved my word count). The lyrics are strangely suitable for how I feel about my book so far:

          "MAMAAAAA, I KILLED A MAN."

Before you think you might want to read my story, be warned that it started out somewhat dark and just went downhill from there. I realized this when I was summarizing my story for a friend and I remarked that the plot for no apparent reason had turned rather dark after the first few chapters.

To which she pointed out, "Wow, after *insert depressing backstory* and *insert various terrible inciting events*, then it got dark."

Sarcasm is fantastic, especially how it reveals the truth better than just saying it directly. Maybe that's because sarcasm demonstrates how your train of thought instinctively doesn't make sense, rather than just stating the truth.

Anyway, that's how my story's going. It's kind of a downer (depending on what kind of books you like to read), the character development leaves me confused, and the plot holes are big enough to drop the main character's ego through.

So I'm very pleased. It's looking like I'll finish my 50,000 by the 30th, which is the main thing that matters right now. Right now I care more about writing a story than about making it perfect, which I think is the goal of NaNoWriMo.

Well, I'm off to listen to more eclectic music and to blow up some fictional ships! (The sailing vessels, not the pairing up of fictional couples).

Or maybe I'll just watch tv and keep writing later. Because that's how my writing process works.  :P

If you're interested, you can keep up with my word count with the widget on the left-hand side of my blog.

And for those who are also struggling to finish NaNo, best of luck.














5 comments:

  1. Wow, you're so close! ^.^

    I know what you mean. My stories often take dark turns too. I guess it's what comes of high school students being forced to read Edgar Allan Poe. ;)

    I like the music you've been listening to, by the way. "Hey There Delilah" + "Stressed Out" + "The Call" = YESS.

    Well, I wish you success in finishing your story(or watching tv, if that's what you opted for)! :)

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    1. I know, right? I'm so stoked!!! I finished my story about a thousand words ago, so now I'm planning on tacking on a short story that is somewhat related. We'll see how that goes. xD

      Haha, I'm sure Poe is the culprit!

      Thanks, I'm glad you like my playlist. Spotify is the best! And that's neat that you like "Stressed Out;" I wasn't expecting that.

      Thank you, I will do my best. I did watch tv the evening that I published the post, but tonight I have high hopes for increasing my word count. To paraphrase Aragorn, there will come a day when the courage of men fails, when they lose hope and forsake all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. This day we write!

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    2. *reads your NaNo word count* NOO. Congratulations!! That must have been a lot of words today. XD

      Haha, it's the only Twenty One Pilots song I really like. I can't get into their other stuff for some reason.

      And to quote Eowyn, "For our friends, Pippin." :)

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    3. Thank you! It was certainly a painful amount of words. I ended up writing that short story and tacking it to the end of the document, and since that didn't take up the last few thousand I wrote a preface too. But then when I submitted it to the NaNo website their word count worked differently than the Pages word count, so they said I was still a few hundred words short of 50,000. Which resulted in me adding a postscript thingy to the end, in which three of my characters sit around a table in a bar and complain about word count programs, and then they break into song. I put the full song in and called it "An Ode to NaNoWriMo." And then my word count was finally there, although I can't vouch for the quality of those last few hundred. xD

      Interesting...have you listened to "Ride"? That's the main one of theirs that I like besides "Stressed Out." It has kind of a reggae feel to it, which makes it feel less intense than their other stuff.

      Aww, thanks! *dies from sweetness overload*

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  2. well thatd be like a fitbit for writers

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