Jennifer's working toward 30K words...
This month, I’m participating in JeRoWriMo (or, as my husband likes to call it, Ramalamadingdong), which is my local romance writer chapter’s take on NaNoWriMo. For the month of February, we have the goal of writing 30K words. It comes down to 1072 words per day.
I’ve participated in this challenge before and found it useful for the discipline. I knew that every day I had to prioritize my writing over almost everything else. My kids and husband pitched in so that no matter what, I could write.
This time around, I’m finding it’s not the discipline that’s sticking with me, but the looming deadline. I HAVE to write at least 1072 words, or I’ll have more to write the following day to make up for it. For some reason, I’m not enjoying it as much.
I love writing. And I love being a writer. But I’m not sure I’m liking what I’m writing. Maybe it’s the story. Maybe it’s the lack of planning I put into this story. I’m not quite sure who my characters are or where they’re headed, other than to a “happily ever after.”
This challenge is helping me write Book 3 of my Women of Valor series. I still don’t have a title, and so far, I think this book is turning out to be a New Adult romance, as my characters seem young. So maybe that’s why I’m not liking it as much.
I’m not sure much is happening plot-wise and I keep leaving myself notes of things that need to be filled in when I go back and edit. See, we’re not supposed to edit during the challenge. Now, I don’t usually edit as I write, but if I find a problem, I do go back and fix it. I’m not doing that now, so maybe that’s my problem.
My heroine was going to be a museum curator. Except, I don’t know anything about museum curators and all my research indicated that what I wanted her to do, and what she’d actually do as a curator, was so different that I ended up choosing a different profession for her.
Some days the writing comes really easily and others it’s more difficult. I’m determined to see this through to the end and I need to get this book written, so 30K words are very helpful. I’m just not sure they’re the right words. But maybe I’ll surprise my self when I reach the goal and start rereading what I wrote.