Novel November presents challenges

Week one of NaNoWriMo has left me completely astounded at the amount of writing I was able to accomplish in just six days. A little over 16,000 words is what is leading into week two, but I’ve found that with the heightened word count, the writing becomes increasingly harder.
 
Figuring out characters and trying them out was the most interesting part of the first week’s process.
Each description led to different qualities and characteristics that added to their personalities; it was easy.

For the second week, my main goal is to dive right into the plot, but that’s where the difficulty lies. Writing dialogue may seem easy as we are constantly conversing with people throughout the day, but how do you create meaningful dialogue that moves the story and creates three-dimensional characters?

I’ve been listening to the conversations of those around me to help make the communication in my novel as real as possible. This has been the most challenging part of my writing. I can describe the world all day, but plot-moving action and powerful conversation is vital to any compelling story — it wouldn’t be a story worth telling without them.

So, my goal for week two is to write as much dialogue as my fingers can type and go back and edit the unnecessary parts after I reach 50,000 words.

The plot, so far …

Recent college grad Edy Walsh has put her life on hold to go home to New York and help with the many problems that lay in her family and close friends’ lives; an absent wife on sabbatical, the baby of a 20-year-old boy and the disappearance of that child’s mother. What Edy doesn’t realize is that returning to her childhood home means accepting the changes that go along with growing up and mending relationships that have since been broken.

Follow Sam’s progress on Twitter @samwritesanovel


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