We’re in the second week of NaNoWriMo and I’ll write myself past the 35k mark at lunch time. Given my objective of a 100k, I’m about two days ahead of schedule.
Last weekend saw me typing the last sentences of Oil and Boiling Water, my NaNo novel from last week. I was going to write it a little bit further until two sentences jumped in my face and told me they were the end.
Now, I’m working on a new story which almost didn’t plan for. I had an idea and a first paragraph. I opened a new version of my novel template in Word and started typing.
Let me tell you a bit about that template.
It’s fairly simple, really. It’s formatted in the way most agents like to receive manuscript. The tabulation at the beginning of each paragraph is automatically done.
But the most important thing is that I have a preset style for chapter’s title: bold letters, centered, past the upper third of the page. Then a reasonable space between it an the fiction stuff.
Why? Well, it looks great. But most importantly, all that free space is where I stick colorful text fields and write editing note.
I know the NaNo philosophy is to shut up the inner editor and I do a fairly good job with mine but somethings just bug me down. I’ll obsess over them until they are edited or until I’m sure they will be edited.
Hence the editing notes taken as I NaNo.
That’s my way to cope with the weak prose and silly plot twists.