10 December 2008

Brick Wall, Meet Pogo Stick

NaNo 2008 Current Word Count: 65,433

Cumulative Total Words for December: 8,744

Yep. Still steaming along and even averaging over 900 words a day! Which is bloody amazing considering how much else is going on (most of which I can't even talk about, because it's so top secret...).

Unfortunately, it's all about to come to a crashing halt. At least, it's trying to... I can see a brick wall on the horizon.

See, Bran and his girl have to escape. They're currently on a forced march through the wilderness to a worse prison than they were in before.

But that isn't even the real problem.

The real problem is that they have to get away before the bad guy catches up to them, and he's not far behind. Only they have no means of getting away because they're marching through a meadow. There's no cover. No bushes. No boulders. Not so much as a tall weed to hide behind. Plus, it's early spring, so the meadow grass is all flat and half rotted from sitting under the snow all winter - in other words, it won't hide them if they lay down in it.

So I know they get away. But I don't know how. So I'm about to be stuck.

Enter, Pogo Stick.

If there is one thing I have learned, and learned well, in four years of doing NaNo, it is this: Stop. For. Nothing.

There's no need. It will work itself out or you will figure it out later (i.e., after you are done with the draft and can afford the time to sit down and think it through). Either way, it isn't worth derailing your momentum and chances are the solution will present itself one way or another.

So wish me luck - I'm about to make the big hop! (Seriously, it's been, like, 30 years since I last mounted a pogo stick....I may well break something...!).



Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Absolutely--I learned this with Fast Draft first but NaNo close after. If you get stuck, skip it. Usually the next couple of scenes will TELL you what you should have done and you can go back later and fix it.

*shields eyes to look up* Wow, your pogo stick is powerful!

Arthaey Angosii said...

Brainstorming ways they could escape...

- Do they have enough time to wait until dark?

- A band of raiders attacks the group of prisoners and/or guards! They escape with the raiders.

- A band of nomadic peoples wander through. They escape with them.

- Wild animals stampede! They escape in the confusion.

- A huge spring storm causes confusion and visibility problems. They escape in said confusion.

Bethanie said...

Wheeeeeee!!!! Look at meeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhh!

Joely - that't it exactly! Only took me 4 years to figure that out, too! :-D

arthaey - Weather! Of course! Pea soup fog, anyone?