It was day 11.
I had 22, 673 words written.
That's 80+ pages.
And I hated my NaNo novel.
That was last night.
I was tired of writing it and I wanted to start all over.
On the 11th day of NaNoWriMo (someone should make up a 30 days of NaNoWriMo song).
Here's the problem: I was bored. I was writing probably what should have been a thrilling scene. Bones were being unearthed. Boys were being sneaked into bedrooms. It was incredible.
So this is what I was thinking about as I drove into work today: How do I salvage these 20,000+ words? (If you remember, driving in the car and taking a shower are the times when I get my inspiration.)
And *bing* I realized what I needed to do.
I need to take out an entire sub-plot of my novel. I'm still really fascinated by it, but it just isn't working. I'll put it in the back of my head for another time.
I'm changing it from part first-person narrative/part third-person limited to entirely first-person, although I'll have first-person coming from two different people.
I'm cutting out a character sooner than I'd planned (she was going to be kicked out of the school anyway; I just hastened her departure).
I'm changing a character who was a Ms. to a Mr.
And I'm doing it right in the middle of my 50,000 word goal. Crazy? Perhaps. But it was the only way I could see to get through the rest of November.
So, essentially, what I am doing is taking this square peg, see? And see this round hole over here? I'm JAMMING this square peg into that round hole! And I'm excited about what I'm writing again.
But I'm going to have a huge mess to clean up from all of this square-peg jamming at the end of the month.
So, how is your November going? If you're doing NaNoWriMo, tell me how you're managing so far. If you're not, I'd still like to know how you're doing. :)