How’s NaNoWriMo going for everybody?
I’m sure you are all aware, but in the off-chance you don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The general goal of those participating is to write a novel (or 50k words) in the month of November.
I had high ambitions for this month, having started a new novel and series, but I’m moving at a snail’s pace. Well, no, not a snail’s pace. More like a calcium-clogged water faucet, spewing out words here and there, but not up to speed with the rest of the writing world. I’m hanging at about 8,000 words. In my defense, the first three chapters are intense. Like, really intense. I’m so happy with the pace so far, jumping right into the action, but sometimes it drains me and I just need to take a break.
One issue I’ve run into is POV. I had decided to write in first person present, as I did with Fall of Venus, but now I’m thinking about changing to third person limited. The problem is my main character’s viewpoint of the world. In the crazy world I’ve created most humans are born and bred (more like manufactured) in factory farms. Being treated as animals, they are isolated and have no education so, although my main character, #13509 (later named Audrey), has learned language through listening to the factory workers, she has no concept of things such as trees and sky, much lest cars and household electronics. I wonder if it would be easier to write in third person. But I’m not going to change it just yet. I’m going to continue to write the remainder of the novel in first person, then I’ll decide whether it works or not.
So how is your writing going? What kind of challenges are you facing?