It’s week two of Nanowrimo and the sludge of writing every day is kicking in. (So much so, that I actually nearly almost forgot to write this blog post).
Week one is easy. You’re motivated, you’re kicking word goals, and you’re feeling like JK Rowling at the local coffee shop. #winning
But it’s week 2. Eergh.
You’ve hit the 25% mark and while you still like your book (mostly), it’s starting to feel a little drudgery.
Never fear, goodly writer, I’ve got something to help perk up those creative juices (no, I did not mean powdery things from the dark web), I mean PLOT IDEAS. Or challenges. Or, I don’t know. Humour me.
Okay. So this week is about writing ACT 2A. Your characters have passed the point of no return and are thrust into the upside down. Time to get them to your big honking middle scene that you figured out in planning. (You haven’t thought of a middle yet? That’s okay. The idea is to make the middle the big turning point, the big reveal, the big sex scene (you’ve heard of sex at 60 right? (60 being the midpoint of a movie)).
This is it. THE BIG ONE that isn’t as BIG BIG as the climax BIG but still fucking BIG.
So what about the lead-up?
Since you’ve got to get your characters to the middle, you need a clear path to get them there. But hey, don’t make things easy.
Mess some shit up.
Bring back an ex. Kill a beloved pet (*sob*). Have that magic item they find not work *yet*. Destroy evidence. Discover your headmaster is now a zombie. Doesn’t matter.
Make it fun.
Make it the reason people picked up your book. Tropey? Sure. Amp it up.
And lead your characters (and your readers) right to the crazy middle scene you already figured out.
This is a time where you can go a little cray, laugh or cry as you write, turn up the emotion. Bring the beautiful.
Include all five senses in as often as you can. Sight, smell, hearing, taste, touch. (Not only will it get your word count up, it’ll deepen the scene). Close your eyes. See it. Write it.
1,666 words every day.
At the end of the week you get to write the middle. Oh boy, think about how much fun you’re going to have writing THAT scene.
When you’re done, you’ll be at the half-way point.
See ya then.