NaNoWriMo Post #12

If you’re having a hard time getting your daily quota of words for NaNoWriMo, you can use the stream-of-consciousness method.

It helped me out a lot in NaNo ’09 on the days when I was pressed for time and needed to get my quota really fast. I had a mentally ill character who was being controlled by the main bad guy. All of his thoughts were total stream-of-consciousness and looked something like this:

if I can’t get it can’t understand what happens next but no this is not a movie this is merely the smile the smile in the eyes of Eliza a smile I can never see he keeps me in darkness Adrian keeps me in darkness and I cannot see but I know I have powers I can hear Master when nobody else can hear him

I would write that way, with no periods, no commas, no paragraph breaks – just the way I imagined the disturbed character’s thoughts would flow. It got the words down quickly and allowed me to really get inside my character’s head.

You might not have a mentally ill or possessed character in your novel, but there are situations where a character’s thoughts might run as an unstoppable stream-of-consciousness: when she’s angry, stressed, confused, in love, etc.

Get into her head! Write out her every thought, even if it’s insignificant and mundane. You never know what you might discover about your character that way. 🙂

One thought on “NaNoWriMo Post #12

  1. When we write as fast as we can, without stopping to correct and edit our work, we get past our inner editor.

    Great tip for folks involved in the “war of words” this November.

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