The end is nigh??

Thanks to a super day last Sunday, where I wrote 10,028 words (to be exact) and the odd 2000 word day, and yesterdays 3000+ word spurt, my Camp Nano Novel is now sitting just above the 38,000 word mark. Less than 12,000 words to go to reach my 50k goal. But I think I have a problem. The end is looming – I know what has to happen, and I am inclined to rush to get there, but I fear it will end before I reach the magic 50,000 words. It’s a common problem I have – I see the end and I write towards it – often skipping important details along the way. I haven’t done that so much this time. Writing a chapter a day has helped to keep me a little more focused on the ‘present’ in the story rather than racing ahead, but now I’m getting close and I can feel the urge to just rush towards the end. I know I can go back and fill in the details later, which after all is what I’ve done in the past, but I’d like to try and write my way, slowly, to the end.

There are some important things to come. Morgan, my main character, must learn the truth about her mother, and in turn about herself. I shouldn’t rush the telling of these things. She has a spell she must reverse. And sadly, another character is not going to make it to the end of the book. He is going to die soon – quite unexpectedly, although I have to admit I don’t know how yet. A poisoned dagger maybe? Or death in battle? Or…

I love how writing out the way of things, gives my thought-processes time to work. I’ve had a couple of answers come to me with the writing of this post! How the male character’s sister died so young, how he’s going to die, and when. So excited!! Time to get back to writing!! 😀

7 thoughts on “The end is nigh??

  1. Heather, I love how your blog posts sounds so personal, like we’re reading your journal 🙂

    I agree, it’s good to write slow and let the story develop naturally; unexpected things will happen to enrich the plot a long the way.

    I’m sure you’ll have no trouble passing 50K, they’ll always be spaces to go back to and lengthen.

    I’m looking forward to doing Nano with you again in Nov – you’re always inspiring!

    And I can’t wait to see what you choose to work on next month…..perhaps editing a previous Nano-novel?

    Good luck finishing Camp Nano. xxx

    1. Thanks Kelly! 😀 I must admit, this post did feel rather like a journal entry as I was writing it. Was great to clear some thoughts away and let some inspiration through 🙂

      1. Forgot to add – I think next month I’ll go back and edit my faery story… see if I can get that up to scratch to submit somewhere…

        1. Oh, I really like that faery romance! You’d have a few options of publishers to send it to – as long as the minimum is over 10K.

      2. It’s hard blogging when you know not so many people are reading it, but it’s part of building a career in writing, so important to keep going. And, it can be so helpful to motivate yourself to finish work etc.

        I hadn’t posted on my blog for over a month – can’t believe i neglected it that long! So thanks for motivating me to go write a short post today 😀

          1. Oh dear, there’s nothing exciting on there yet…..I might post some short stories that I won’t be submitting to contests anymore. Hmmm, I need to find something that you girls have never read before! lol!

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