One of the motto’s of NaNoWriMo is “No Plot, No Problem.”
The idea being that one should turn off the internal editor, ignore the rules and guidelines and just create. Let the wheels turn and let the story grow organically. November is for writing. December is for editing.
This isn’t too far off from my normal plan of action, as I usually right by the seat of my pants — though I usually know a few plot points along the way. What I’ve learned about this process — and was reminded of again yesterday — is that you need to listen to what your characters are telling you. Or that voice in your gut that says “Something is just not right here.”
I have been having a difficult time wrapping up my current work in progress. Over the last week and a half I’ve been writing and rewriting the last few scenes to this book, looking forward to being done with the rough draft and getting into the process of polishing.
But my hero wasn’t having any part of it.
In fact, he’s been quite vocal, via that voice in my gut, saying that it just wasn’t right. Today, I figured out why. I wasn’t staying true to his character.
Once I realized that and got back to his core, the words started flowing. Hopefully, I’m on the right track now and this rough draft will be finished this week.