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Eeek, I’m Running Out of Plot!

It’s November. I’m still doing Nanowrimo and working on the last novel in a series. I’ve run into what I realize is a common problem for me.

I’m past 30,000 words into the novel and since doing Nanowrimo means writing a 50,000 word first draft in a month, I’m over halfway there. But I’m significantly farther along plot wise. I’m at the major climax of the book and it’s just a short ways down hill from there. Wrap it up and I’m done. With the plot at least. I really started to panic for a couple of days and then I realized that I’ve done this a couple of time in the past.

What that means is that, once again, I’ve rushed through the first draft writing plot, action, dialogue, action, oh and more plot, and not a lot else. I seem to do that a lot. So, I’ll be spending the end of this month diving back in to the book and finding holes where I need to weave in things like description, emotion, characterization and all the other things which make a story work.

Not sure what it all means, but it’s frustrating. I tried really hard to work those things in when I started the novel, but somewhere along the way I switched into my default mode of searching for the plot to the exclusion of most everything else.

I’m sure that once I reach the end and go back in – I’ll find huge chunks of the story where there’s nothing but dialogue (with no indication of who said what), or of where that part of the story is taking place. Which, of course is why it’s only a first draft. Next month there will be a lot of work which needs to be done. And another huge chunk of wordage will be added.

It’s not really good or bad. It’s just my process. Although I was hoping to mix it up a little. See if I could write a different way. Something to work on for the next book.

Well, I’m off to write the big scene. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in it!


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