As with last year, the easy parts of the novel have been the first and third acts. This is mostly because the story has been floating around in my head for years* and the good character bits are in the first few chapters, with the real excitement at the end. Of course, there needs to be engaging plot points and scenes, as well as the important character interactions in the middle act as well because without them, the potential readers could just switch off.
As I’m progressing, I’m finding that I want to jump into the second act and get some things down because I’m sure I’ll need to get something done before the NaNoWriMo deadline hits as writing 50,000 words and not having a middle is either impossible or part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Sure, the drive for NaNo is to complete 50,000 words, but I don’t want to write all the scenes I know will happen and then be left struggling to create those near Day 30.
So I’m back to my plot/chapter breakdowns and taking a few which should be in the second act and starting to flesh them out. I’d like to be half way through writing the second act by the end of week 2 to give me a good springboard for week 3 and see the whole thing knitting together.
*I keep mentioning this and really do need to sit down at some stage and find out when the idea came to me otherwise I’ll just keep wittering on with no real point, which I often feel as though I do)