I have officially reached the halfway point of my novel. Passing the 25,000-word mark is always a great feeling, because it’s ALWAYS, without fail, the few thousand words before the halfway point that are the absolute hardest to get through. It’s happened to me during multiple NaNos and during my first JulNo. I can’t say the same about my two-week novel experience post-wisdom tooth removal, but that’s different.
I’m not usually a frequent supporter of the “skip around writing” method when it comes to novel-writing, but sometimes it’s the very method we despise that helps us make the leap back onto the motivation train. I’ve said from the very beginning that I favor Ally’s story the most, probably because her story comes from the least developed plotline of my TV show (the show that I wrote two and a half episodes for and then got bored, but kudos to me for trying). I stopped trying to force the scene I’d been stuck on for the past few days and skipped ahead to one of Ally’s scenes, one I’d been thinking about for awhile. I like it. I like it a lot.
I didn’t get bored with my show, I guess. I’m just used to books. The pace was too slow for me. I need to practice more, if I ever get the chance or decide to endure a summer that does not involve excessive amounts of course work.
Now that two classes of four are over, I have a lot more time on my hands. A LOT. So I’ve been spending the day reading and writing and tossing around ideas for article pitches. (And playing a little bit of Minecraft with my brother. But pretend you didn’t just read that.) It’s nice to have a “free day.” If it weren’t for the 95-degree weather, I’d probably be tanning right now. But it’s okay. I’m still peeling from last weekend, so it’s probably for the best.
It’s not my fault. The sunscreen was defective.
Ally and Jared were in the middle of a heart-to-heart conversation when I last left them alone. I should probably get back before they take maters into their own hands.
Characters: you just can’t trust them to make decisions for themselves.