Unsurprisingly NaNoWriMo isn’t going as well as I’d hoped, although at the same time I’ve already accomplished more than my past two attempts. I’m currently on 3644 words and should be on 6667 by now [yes, today is the fifth day, but seeing that it's 3am in the morning, I'm not counting it!].
I started off slow with 300 words, but then wrote in the night to the second day until reaching 3061 words and I was fairly pleased with not only the progress, but also the way the story was unfolding. I even shared the story with some people which makes it the first bit of creative writing I’ve shared since school! Feedback was generally positive, although I’m sure some people were just being nice, but instead of taking that on board and carrying on I felt that I’d written myself into a dead-end and didn’t carry on until earlier today, day 4.
Sometime this afternoon I realised that it was due to my inability to write dialogue that sounds natural and is flowing. My written dialogue tends to sound very wooden and nowhere near actual spoken dialogue. Trying to force myself to carry on with dialogue hasn’t helped and I’ve now changed my story to not describe events as much at the time they’re happening, but rather look back at them at the end of the day. Not sure if that is really working out all that well as I’ve only written 600 words since then!
Also thinking about making my character mute or deaf to avoid most conversations!
Back to it..