Novel Writing: NaNo, No NaNo

I clearly had no ideaParticipant-2014-Web-Banner what I was doing when I signed up to NaNoWriMo this year. For those of you that don’t know NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and runs from 1-30 November. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in one month.

In 2010 when I first participated, I wrote everyday. I remember it being really stressful but I had a novel on my head and I was stubborn. I got to 50,000 words by 28 Nov and that was that – I won!

This year I’m struggling. It’s my second attempt. I put it off each year since 2010 and now I’ve jumped in. The problem is I’m meant to be at 18,000+ words by today and I’m only at 8,000+. At this rate, I won’t reach 50,000 words till the first week of Jan 2015! It’s a mess – and totally unlike me. I don’t write everyday, which is a major cause of the lack of progress. When I do write, I feel like I’m writing pages and pages but when I look at the word count, it says I’ve done only 123 words. What??!

Anyway, I was hoping for some help. I have put to paragraphs here in the hopes that you will suggest how the story could go for a paragraph or two.

Excerpt  1:

“Why do you tolerate it, Mama? Why?” Gina felt her heart pounding and her hands shaking. She continued before her mother had a chance to respond, “He treats you so badly, Mama! I don’t understand…” Tears ran down Gina’s face. She had had enough. This was why she left home. “Gi, you will understand with time. Where we come from, women don’t just leave their husbands…” Her mother’s voice was gentle. “We women stay and fight.” She concluded. That was the day Gina swore never to marry anybody. She would rather die than live a life sentence.

Excerpt 2:

Bea and Beth sit in silence for a little while before Beth says, “if it makes you feel any better, I haven’t had sex in months!” Bea smiles and then starts to laugh. “Yeah it does make me feel better…” Bea reached for Beth’s shoulder squeezes it and says, “Thanks for being there for me. I have no one to talk to and with Gavin out of town…,” Bea cleared her throat, “I got a little overwhelmed with everything.”

“Any time, Bea…you know I’m here any time,” Beth says as an unpleasant memory flashes through her mind. She reaches for her cup and finally sips her lukewarm latte. Everything is almost OK in the world.

Can anyone help? What could happen next in either of the paragraphs? There may be prizes 😉

NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 26

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 43,547

Julia finds out that Will is the witness to Paulie’s case. She had a dinner party with Bruno, Martha and Martha’s new beau, Ronan, who is ten years younger.

Joyce comes home to find her apartment ransacked. Some papers on the floor indicate what it might be in relation to. She leaves for Manchester immediately to stay with her mum.

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Only 4 days and 6,500 words to go!

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 24 & Day 25

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 41,085

Bruno gives an outstanding presentation that impresses Julia as well as other bosses at La Belle.

Joyce goes for her 20-week scan and has mixed feelings about being a single mother. Meanwhile, Julia is persuaded to contact her.

Marc Stuart (Paulie’s former boss at Skyline Financials) reveals himself and tries to track down Paulie, the witness and the so-called evidence that he believes may be used to blackmail him later. He has plans that everyone needs to be very worried about…

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Day 23

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 38,638

Paulie turns up at Julia’s house unannounced and receives a shock.

Bruno suggests that Julia call Joyce to get to the bottom of what Paulie was doing with Will.

Felicia makes plans to put her house in order before it is too late.

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NaNoWriMo2011 – Day19 & Day 20

Title of novel: Let It Burn

Word count till date: 32,793

Being back home in Aberdeen bring mixed memories for Julia, including one that she cannot quite remember…

Joyce finally tells Paulie that she is pregnant.

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