I made it to 50K! Then why am I not a winner yet?
As I mentioned last week, I’m keeping two counts. I was actually on point with my keepable word count. I had 39.5K yesterday. But then I was listening to music and heard a song I mentally tied to one of my scenes. Please note, if you play the song, there are swearwords in it.
The Offspring – Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell
This song has been tied to my character for a while. My character is a man who has dedicated himself to a military career. He has spent his entire life serving the throne and protecting the people.
At the beginning of the book, his brother stripped him of all that.
The book progresses, and my character works to redefine his life. He discovers there is more to himself than he knew. He keeps his integrity, and when he sees people in trouble, he runs to help. That’s when he sees his brother again.
I paired this song with that meeting and the subsequent monster attack. Except, what I wrote didn’t live up to the feeling I get with that song.
So I started rewriting it. As I did, I moved events, had different characters deliver information, and… well, crap, now I’m going to have to redo 7K because the events don’t flow together correctly. *sigh*
Yes, I’m over 50K, but my keepable word count has dropped to 32K. That is well behind the target. Therefore, I haven’t validated yet. I’m going to push myself over Thanksgiving and three days after to jump back up, since I’d really like to win NaNoWriMo with novel worthy words.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I hope all of you in the US have a great one tomorrow. I know I’ll be chilling at home with my family, for which I am very thankful.
Have you ever visualized a scene and had to redo it because it turned out lackluster? Do you pair songs with scenes from your stories? Do you have playlists? What do you use to organize your playlists?
If you’re wondering about the picture in the header, it has nothing to do with word counts. Last week, I read Chrys Fey’s blog post and figured I’d take a picture of my #6 — rosemary, “sun-dried” (dehydrated) tomatoes, roasted garlic, and red pepper. With the exception of the red peppers and actual oil, all the rest of the ingredients came from our or my mother-in-law’s garden.