NaNoWriMo Update: Week Three & Music Inspiration

quotescover-JPG-84Week three—and NaNoWriMo is still kicking my butt. And with less than six days to go until the finish line . . . well. Let’s just say I’m not holding up high hopes with winning this year. Still—I’m doing my best not to get hung up on the fact that I’m probably not going to win, and focusing on the words I’m getting down on the page instead.

The thing that’s eating at me is I have to keep reminding myself THE FIRST DRAFT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT. IT DOES NOT. I’ve spent the better part of this year revising and polished FRAYED, and it’s hard to let myself be crappy again. Drafting a novel from scratch is hard (even though it’s probably my favourite stage of writing a novel), and it’s difficult to go from a practically finished novel to a rough, crappy one. Once I let go of that part I know finishing the manuscript will be so much easier (it’s just getting to that point which is hard.)

Staring a new manuscript is hard. I’m still getting to know my characters and my world and its history, and even though that part of writing is exciting as hell—it’s still scary as hell. I’m pretty sure I’ve settled on a title after debating over it internally since the beginning of the month; I know where the story is heading and I’ve figured out my ending; I’m getting to know my characters as the chapters go by.

So basically, whenever I’m in that frame of mind—that “oh my gosh can I really even do this!?” frame of mind—I go back to music. Music inspires 99.9% of EVERYTHING I write and I literally cannot write without it (especially artists like Two Steps From Hell which has epicness oozing from every note.) Actually—I go back to this song every time I feel a little lost when writing this one.

(Why yes. I do listen to a lot of trailer/soundtrack music.)

Actually—“Flight of the Silverbird” was what inspired the story in the first place, so it’s my go-to song whenever I have no idea what the hell I’m doing next. Like I mentioned in my NaNo prep post, I basically have three things about the novel outlined: the beginning, middle, and end. This in previous years has worked fine for me—so it’s definitely a concept I’ll be sticking with. The rest is a blur of scenes that come to me as I write and everything will go under heavy revisions . . . buuuuuuut I’m trying not to think of that right now. And then, of course, there are the scenes of this novel I’m aching to write, and the little bits of worldbuilding I can’t wait to explore and expand. A scene of which was inspired by Alexadre’s Desplat’s “Crosswords” (from The Imitation Game—which I loved.)

So for me, less than six days to go—and around 40k more to write. HUZZAH.

Keep writing, all you NaNoWriMo-ers!


18 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Update: Week Three & Music Inspiration

  1. I envy your ability to write with music! I use music a lot for inspiration and planning out scenes, but if I try to write in anything other than total silence, I get all frazzled and can’t concentrate. :0 I feel you about NaNo kicking my ass — I highly doubt I’m going to win this year. This month has been way too scattered for me. The important thing, though, like you said, is that we’re writing SOMETHING!

  2. I think it’s great that you’re really happy with how your novel’s going so far and it sounds as though you have a clear vision for the manuscript. :) It must be hard transitioning from editing mode and just getting the story out there! I’ve only finished one manuscript, and that was the last time I wrote – five years ago. This week is exciting for me writing-wise – I’ve finally had a spark to get back into it and my idea that’s been floating around my head for the last 5 or 4.5 years has finally developed enough into a solid possibility – I’m deep into research for it at the moment, and I can’t wait to begin my first draft!

  3. Good luck, Kara! Like you said, it’s not about winning but persisting and trying to get as much written as possible! You can do it! I love the music that you’ve been listening to! The Imitation Game soundtrack is one of my favourites :D

  4. I totally feel you girl </3 I have so many manuscripts that I've started and abandoned, all because of this insecurity that it feels crappy and because of that, as a writer, I AM crappy. Need to etch onto my mind that the first draft will never ever be perfect. Perhaps it's time to go back to those dusty manuscripts and with a new mindset!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  5. I love how you turn to music for inspiration – my favorite part sometimes is listening to soundtracks authors used during writing. Sometimes it gives little clues on how the atmosphere of the book is, you know?
    Omg, the Flight of the Firebird is beautiful! I love the whole flute solo in the beginning, and the soundtrack from The Imitation Game also sounds really mysterious. I can’t wait to see how your story works out!

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