Are we done with National Novel Writing Month 2020 yet?

No, but we are only a day away from the halfway point!

Whether you’re ready to pull your hair out like I am because you’re in NaNo or because you’re just braving the venture that is writing a book, today’s prompt brings us back to a focus on our plots.

If you’re like me, you might be feeling a little stuck on the storyline.

So what’s bothering you?

Are you just not feeling it like you had hoped?

Does the story feel forced?

Do you wish it could be something else already?

It’s all right to feel frustrated with your story sometimes, just don’t let it stop you from writing it anyway.

Remember that the first draft stages are supposed to suck.

So write out your plot frustrations, then get write on in to your daily session.


See you tomorrow.

My Response

My story is actually driving me crazy right now. I know I’ve crafted it all up from the nothingness of the ether that was my brain on a random generator, but man I feel like I’m writing in circles. It’s weird, since I’m posting it, and I know that some people are enjoying it, but I feel like I don’t even know what’s going on in it right now. I’m not reading it before I post it, because if I reread it, I’m going to get too caught up in trying to fix it. I know I can’t do that, because then I’m going to fall behind and never get anything done.

It’s just frustrating because, like I said, I feel like I’m writing in circles. The characters are kind of going in circles, I know, and they’re stuck in this cave, which is what makes things hard for me I guess. I’m just wondering how it’s making the reader feel, even though that’s the last thing I should really be thinking about right now. I just feel like the story is moving slower than I would like, but at the same time, I’m not even 100 pages in! It just feels like blabber at this point.

I just wish the story would speak more to me. By this point, with all of the connection I’ve forced, I just wish it would connect back with me a little bit more. I’m feeling a little burned out, and I think the story knows it. The story always has more control than the author admits, but that’s frustrating. If I’m supposed to do a good job writing it, then why wouldn’t it want to help me out some if it were really in control?

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