Saturday, November 27, 2010

NaNoWriMo Diaries: On Catching the Wind in Your Sails

The NaNoWriMo Diaries – 11/22/2010
By Cathy Dilts

According to the Yahoo online dictionary, the Sargasso Sea is "part of the northern Atlantic Ocean between the West Indies and the Azores. The relatively calm sea is noted for the abundance of gulfweed floating on its surface." That is where my NaNo ship stalled out a couple days ago. Becalmed, in a mass of rudder-clogging seaweed.

I crumpled onto the deck, helpless to move my ship forward. The wind had abandoned me, leaving the sails limp and useless. The smell of dead fish washed over me, and I just knew my NaNo ship was sunk.

“Rough draft,” I told myself repeatedly. “Don’t abandon ship. It will all work out.”

Finally, today I had my breakthrough. I’d been looking at it all wrong. Two sub-plots burst into the story like swashbuckling pirates. Well, actually, one does involve a pirate of sorts.

The wind filled my sails, and my ship broke free from the gulfweed. I see smooth sailing from here on!

We’re in the final week of NaNoWriMo. Keep pushing, fellow sailors! We’ll make it to port yet!

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