NaNoWriMo 2019 – One Week In

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month

An annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30”

We’re now on day seven of NaNo19, and it’s going okay? Okay-ish. I’m close to reaching the 9,000 word mark but this week I did move house so I’m understandably behind on the word count target. As hard as it is to not focus on the word count I’m trying to just let it happen, I’m enjoying writing everyday and as long as I keep pushing myself to make time to write I’ll reach the word count soon enough. To be on day seven of consistent writing feels like a big achievement in itself – that’s something that I haven’t done since University over a year ago now.

The plot is sort of vague right now, I’m taking a lot of inspiration from Modernist literature that I studied in the past where we follow characters sort of existing and going about their lives. Often the characters in Modernist novels are very self-reflective and introspective and that’s the sort of tone I’m trying to establish in my main character Annie. She’s someone who struggles to make friends and talk to people, she also struggles with feeling like a real part of the world around her and distinguishing between reality and fantastical thoughts. Her boyfriend has died but I’m am writing her as being in complete denial of this fact, she knows that he has left her and she feels a great sense of grief and sadness but in denying that he’s died her grasp on real life is becoming even more tenuous.

Right now I’m struggling the most with dialogue. I don’t want to leave my main character on her own for too long but my aversion to writing dialogue is making her rather lonely right now, she’s all a bit in her head – rather like me I guess. If anyone has any useful tips for dialogue drop me a comment below and tell me how your Nano19 experience is coming along.

To finish this short update I just wanted to share a scene from a film called ‘A Ghost Story’, it’s a film that deals with grief and loss, in a very different way to how I’m approaching it but I found the film inspiration nonetheless. In this scene the female protagonist is eating on the condolences gifts given to her after her partner’s death. It’s an inspiring and moving film that I’d recommend to anyone.

My Nano19 journey so far:

Update One: Click Play to Begin – this update includes my reasons for starting Nano this year and the playlist I’m using for inspiration.

One thought on “NaNoWriMo 2019 – One Week In

  1. Sounds like Annie is having a bit of a time™️!

    Does the story involve any imagined conversations between Annie and her dead boi? That might be a useful cheat, you can have Annie externalise some of her thoughts without having to actually introduce a second character.

    Alternatively – if part of her character is her struggle to bridge the gap between herself and the rest of reality – you could do something A Bit Weird in terms of how you present dialogue in the books, to reflect how she experiences it. Maybe there’s no or very little dialogue, and any interactions between her and other characters are instead narrated by Annie, with her describing how the conversations went instead of you transcribing them.

    I’m v excited to hear more about your NaNo project!! Xo


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