One of the lists I’m on has been discussing how to quiet the internal editor. In other words, how do you churn out that first draft when you get to a point that throws you — a character you haven’t named, a past event you must refer to but haven’t invented yet, etc.
I do one of two things. If I need to leave out a name or something else extremely brief, I type XX as a place holder in my ms. If it is something more complicated I type myself a reminder in all caps — WHAT COULD THEY DO THAT WOULD BE REALLY FUNNY? REMEMBER THAT THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED BEFORE THEY STUDIED CASTING. Something like that. Then I just plow on. It must work, because I’ve always got two or three rough drafts sitting on my desk, all containing a series of XX or CAP LOCKED letters to myself.
Finished roughing out one of the paying jobs today and have my NaNoWriMo piece up to 4570 or so. I am beginning to doubt that I’ll have a completed draft at the end of the month. I still plan to reach my projected word count but this piece feels older than the one that proceeded it. My POV character was supposed to be about the same age, or at least I thought he was, but he feels . . . older. Not quite tween but pushing it.
::shrug:: We shall see what we shall see. I guess that’s what NaNoWriMo is all about.