I am here with my NaNoWriMo Day 5 and 6 wrap up. Here are my stats:
Word Count Goal: 10,002
Total Words Written: 22,213
Okay, so I may be a bit crazy. I wrote 5,656 words today and I may not be done. In fact, after I write this post, I may try to squeeze out another chapter before bed. I mean, why not? Here’s a little bit of advice. When you have the urge to write, write. That means you are onto something. There is something in your story that attracts you so much, you just can’t take your fingers off the keyboard. I have a free Friday night and a free weekend so I plan on getting a lot of writing done. It’s not just surpassing my word count goal that thrills me, but my novel itself. I am really in love with my characters and my world. I cannot wait to wake up every morning and write. I found myself looking forward going to bed so I could write in the morning. But why wait until then? I have one more chapter in me which is another 2k words, so why not? I am high on writing right now and I want that to last.
In today’s post, I want to talk about supporting characters. Often times, writers create supporting characters to either add color to the world of their novel or to propel the plot forward. Sometimes, these background characters are just begging for a main plot point. That’s what happened to me. I have a character who was benched for much of the novel, but when the situation arose, she stepped up and wrangled a plot from my pen. Now she is helping the leads out. It’s a development I did not forsee, but I love it! It adds a whole other dynamic to the story I am trying to tell. In fact, the scene I am itching to write is one where the supporting character takes the spotlight. I know her part in the main plot is coming to an end, but that’s what makes her so much fun to write.
Don’t be afraid to let your supporting characters take center stage every once and a while. Sometimes, they have a better idea about where to take the plot than you do.
Well, I’m going to get back to writing. My story is calling. Make sure you get your words in for the day. And never give up. That’s the most important thing. NaNoWriMo can be daunting, but if you love your story and you are determined to write, then you will always be able to sit in front of your computer and hammer out something. The 22k words I have written thus far are not great by any stretch of the imagination, but that’s what revision is for right?
Until next time, kill your darlings, slay your dragons and keep writing!