I’m crawling along on that word count! Haha.
To be perfectly honest, I am so tempted to scrap the story I am doing for NaNoWriMo. That probably sounds awful (to me it most certainly is!), but I’ve learned that there are some definite pros and cons to picking up a story from an old draft and trying to finish it.
-Great jump-starter. An old draft can be a great source of inspiration and a really great motivator/ prompt.
-You aren’t starting from scratch (although I kind of enjoy that sort of thing).
-You have a sense of direction.
-You can’t seem to remember where you were going with it.
-It’s really harder than I thought it would be to “jump” back into the world I created. It’s more of an arduous wading process.
-You’ve changed as a writer.
For me, the last one has been the hardest part. I wrote this draft in the very infancy of all my writing escapades into fiction. It is honestly reading back to me like a naive version of a Philippa Gregory book, with a really crappy understanding of how she manages to make those steamy relationships work. Let’s just say I don’t see my future in the Romance genre (not that Gregory is in that genre, but she is good at creating genuine romance of grand characters in history). Given, a lot of my dilemma comes in the time setting. It’s medieval and goodness knows it is hard enough to create real dialogue without adding medieval jargon. This is where time travel would be awesome!
My conclusion? I knew to do this story right I would have to do lots and lots of reading and research. Which, trying to do this whilst finishing out the month with 50,000 words just doesn’t seem logical. So, what do you do when you get going and hit an enormous brick wall of literary realization? I have no idea! But, for me, I have decided to just blow up the brick wall. Instead of writing a coherent novel for the month, I’m going to write different scene ideas and just play around with possible routes for the future. I could just start on a less research intensive story, but I’ve come so far! Plus, I’d feel awful giving up on it again!
Back to the drawing board- or typewriter- okay fine, my keyboard!
Let me know if you have any tips with my dilemma, or how to research for novels in a different time period (assuming someone out there has experience with this!) I literally purchased A Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer