Welcome to Day 20 of Camp NaNoWriMo! How does your camp look? Is your tent still dry? Provisions well stocked? Any interesting interactions with wildlife?
I’ve been putting all my writing energy into focusing on my novel, editing and adding scenes to improve its structure. That’s resulted in me wandering off in the woods a bit, posting fewer blog posts and slapping away the mosquitoes of real life distractions. I knew this would be different from the creative push of writing a first draft, but I did not expect how it would push my brain to work so differently and how much I would learn from the process.
Focusing solely on the novel is hard at times. Real life has many distractions, but it also provides so much inspiration. I see places I want to photograph; I think of poems and scenes for short stories that are hanging in the wings. I’m jotting down ideas when they come – the other morning I spent my #5amwritersclub time to write a scene for a short story because I woke up thinking about it and didn’t want to lose it. But I’m pushing myself to always turn my focus back to the novel.
This focus is tightening the structure of my story more, which is a cool thing to experience. I see gaps now that I’m reading some sections fresh after several months. When I read a well-crafted story, there’s a thrill to how the characters and story elements move together. My goal is to stitch my seams together so well that they don’t show.