It’s day 18. We have less than two weeks left of Camp NaNoWriMo. I thought I’d check in with you to see how you’re all doing and share how I’ve been getting on. In all honesty, it’s been tough. My word count is barely shifting and I’ve hit a bit of a block. This will not delay the release of Eleri’s Kingdom, but it means I have had to take some measures to address the difficulties.
Step 1: Identify the problem
I have always been proud of the way I connect to my writing. In particular, the emotions they feel and how these are central to their story. Laila’s story is one of love, loss, and challenges. I found it easy to tap into my own experience and write as I felt it, in real time. Eleri is a challenge for me as she is a much younger character. Where Laila is slightly older than me, Eleri is equally my junior. It took me a while but I soon realised that the issue wasn’t the story, it was me. I was no longer an eighteen year old girl experiencing love for the first time.
Step 2: Find a solution
To simulate those emotions was a difficult task. I never kept a diary or any kind of record of those emotions other than my creative pursuits. I do, however, create playlists on iTunes for each month of the year, and have done so since 2011. Music has played an integral role in my life and my emotions throughout my adolescence and adulthood. Finding my 2013/4 playlists evoked many memories and emotions that I was able to tap into to find Eleri.
Step 3: Aim at target
Forgoing all of my stress and difficulties, finding time for my writing, and allowing myself to feel old emotions were essential preparations. All that is left is to pursue my goals and get back on track. Wish me luck! How are you getting on with Camp? Let me know in the comments! -L x