Muddling through the 2nd NaNoWriMo Week
If the first week is when writers jump onto their keyboard, take up their pens, or start speaking into dictation software with their energy finally freed after days of waiting for November 1st, then the second week is when we start worrying about the journey. We try to go back and edit our mistakes, to make the sentences better because we know we can write better than that, and ugh! Did I really put the same word in the sentence twice? Is my character leaning more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa? How many times can they smile before it comes off as creepy?
This is not the time to worry about that. Those should be looked at after the first draft is over and the whole plot can be looked at too. This is the time to write. (You can be thinking about cutting and making better in January, or even a time beyond that).
If possible, use the second week of NaNo to:
- Write from your characters’ senses. What do they smell when they enter a pub? A carnival? A shoe store? What do they see? Hear? Taste upon the air?
- It’s okay if your character meanders and doesn’t take the quickest route from point A to point B (you might like where they end up better than what you plotted)!
- Continue contacting your writing group and check in on the other writers in your life (they’ll be glad to hear a hello from you too).
The journey is starting to be a pain. It’s muddy, there’s too much rain, rocks are getting in your shoes, and your energy is flagging. It’s okay! Take a deep breath ~ you’ve got this!