Wednesday, November 4, 2015

IWSG: The End is Near!


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This is not easy to admit but here goes: I can't remember the last time I finished a full draft of a novel. It was once as easy for me as breathing. Beginning, middle, end - no problem! Of course, the draft stunk like tortoise poop, but still, it was whole, complete, done.

Now, I'll have a beginning and an end. Or just an end. Or just a beginning. I'll write scenes that go nowhere, create characters with no home, draft dialogue that drifts off like clouds across an achingly blue sky.

Why does this keep happening? Is it that the ideas/stories aren't grabbing me? Am I too easily distracted by life? Are the writing "rules" I've learned over the years paralyzing my creativity? I still don't know.

But here's the thing: This. Ends. Now. By the end of National Novel Writing Month, I will have an entire draft of a novel. It might out-stink the tortoise poop, but it will be done.

Wish me luck! I'm going to need it.

58 comments:

Rachna Chhabria said...

Wishing you lots of writing luck, Madeline. By the end on November, you WILL get the entire first draft written. Just write!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks, Rachna! I'll take all the help I can get. :)

Hart Johnson said...

While I am giggling about the tortoise poop, this is exactly how I've felt lately, so you are not alone!!! We will do this together!

Melissa said...

Tortoise poop - LOL (literally) I've never smelled it, so I'll have to take your word for it. :P

Have you tried any of the worksheets on Jami Gold's blog? Those can help you keep your story on track.

Good luck with NANO.
IWSG #115 until Alex culls the list again

Loni Townsend said...

Best of luck! I'll be following you. :) Maybe you can compile a bunch of your scenes into a novel?

Anonymous said...

Good luck! You can do it. =D

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

We will! Definitely.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You'd be surprised.... :)

Making a note about those worksheets - thanks!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Best of luck to you, too!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

I know you can finish your novel, Madeline! Good luck and have fun! :D

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks, Chrys! I actually am having fun...so far. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Make it so! Write the whole thing.

Kristin Smith said...

Yay, I love your goal! You can do this!! I need your determination to rub off one me. Now, go write! :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I will!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

My determination is your determination. :)

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Good luck, Madeline. Finishing your stuff is key! I'll be cheering you on as we near the finish line.

I'm KickboxingWriter if you'd like to add me as a buddy.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'll be cheering for you, too! And I'll look for you over there next time I'm on the site. :)

Debra Renée Byrd said...

You can do it!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks, Deborah!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Good luck. Keep thinking positively and don't look back at yesterday's effort - keep moving forward :-)

Crystal Collier said...

You don't need luck, just an epic wedge of cheese! Go, go, go!

emaginette said...

Good Luck!

Your brain may be trying to write in a new way. Can any of these stories fit together? Like subplots for example. It could be changing the angle a little may make all the difference. And one heck of an interesting read. :-)

Anna from Elements of Writing

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I definitely learned my lesson about not going back and editing. I do allow myself to read over a page or two of the previous writing session, and I can tweak things, but that's it, no big changes.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Hmm...cheese.... :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I don't think my brain is trying to write in a new way - it's just fried. :)

Murees Dupè said...

Good-luck! You will do great! I just know it! I know exactly how you feel though. I'm having the same problem. I think my creativity has been ruined:) All the best.

Tyrean Martinson said...

You can do it! I believe in your writing!
:)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Nah, our creativity is probably just hibernating. Time to wake it up! :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks so much, Tyrean! I appreciate that.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Luck to you all month long. I know you can do it.

Susan Says

Anonymous said...

Go you! You can do it! And here's how:

Write the story you really want to write, even if you haven't started it yet. Just write it down and don't stop. When you get to a part that's difficult just push, push, PUSH through it. Get it out of your head so it can finally breathe. You can do it. You can do it because you've already done it.

alexia said...

Do you do any sort of outline? I do a short one-pager, which I'm not attached to and will change if inspiration drags me elsewhere. Otherwise I get writers block. I do sometimes also have issues finishing if I have too many stories competing for attention. But like you said, sometimes you have to give yourself an ultimatum and just stick to it!

SK Anthony said...

Why does it keep happening? Because you're a writer, that's why. lol not the best of answers but its an honest one . . . we all have the same issues because we get in our own heads. But yes, THIS is the month! I'm trying Nano for the first time, let's do this, Madeline!!! :D

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thank you, Susan!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm writing the story that I would so totally read. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'm usually a hybrid - part pantser, part planner - but this year I did more of a loose outline and scene cards. I hope to refine all of that as I get deeper into the story.

Cynthia said...

Good luck this month! I did Nano a few years ago, and it really helped me lay out the skeleton for my story.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You can do this, SK! Go for it!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thank you! I'm going to need it. :)

Simon Kewin said...

Best of luck - you can do it!

Liza said...

Hooray for you. I have never dared do NaNo...I don't think fast enought. Wishing you success.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks, Simon!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You could do it! There are so many ways to approach it - you could be a NaNo Rebel! :)

Kai Strand, Author said...

I've been going through the same thing this year and my problem is the "is this worth it" syndrome. I've written and had published so many books, but the business end of it is so time consuming, often the sales aren't rewarding and then they change the rules and sales fall off again. I just can't motivate myself to add another book to the pile, which is stupid, cause it could be the book that "hits." Sigh. Regardless of the reason, I feel your pain and I'm sending you loads of good writing wishes.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks for the good wishes, and I'm sending some your way, too. I try really hard to focus on story and craft, and not so much on sales etc. Easier said than done, I know. I think about why I write, why I read, and go from there - it helps. :)

Donna Volkenannt said...

That's the spirit, Madeline. Best wishes to you!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thank you, Donna! :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Woo-hoo! Do it! Good luck!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I will! :)

Christine Rains said...

You can do it!! I'm cheering you on! :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Appreciate it! :)

Suzi said...

You can do it, and it probably won't stink either!

I'm doing NaNo too. I've figured out that it's easier for me than others because I'm not one of those who has to perfect things as they write. Those self-editors make it really hard on themselves to get those words down fast. :)

So I'm with you for the NaNa game. Good luck!

Nicki Elson said...

Go, go, GO! Tortoise poop manuscripts are the best ones -- pungent and natural. You can polish them into...eh, whatever tortoise poop becomes when it's polished. Happy NaNoing!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Ha ha! Love that! And thanks. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I used to go back over my words and make big changes, but now I allow myself to go back only a little bit and make tweaks, sort of getting my head back into the story.

Good luck to you, too!

Nick Wilford said...

Go for it! I think you'll probably surprise yourself. I think you're right that trying to follow too many rules can lead to overthinking and paralysis. NaNo is an excuse to throw the rule book out of the window because you don't have time to think about it, you just have to follow your gut. Good luck!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thanks, Nick! :)