Cameron Chapman

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The Two-Thirds Slump

I’m about 2/3 of the way through my NaNoWriMo novel. And I’ve hit the two-thirds slump. This happens to me with virtually every novel I write. I get to this point, and then I get bored with it. I should clarify, that this always happens somewhere between the half-way and two-thirds point, not always at exactly two-thirds. But I always feel like it’s about 2/3 of the way through the story.

Part of this is that it’s about half-way through the middle. I’ve got all the fun beginning stuff done. I’ve been slogging through the middle for awhile now, and I just want to get to the end. But I’m not at the end yet. I’m still working my way up to the climax. I’m always struggling to keep this part interesting, to keep raising the stakes. And I’m always afraid that I’m failing miserably.

Sometimes, I give up and put it away for awhile (not an option since this is NaNo). Sometimes I keep going, hoping that I can fix whatever is wrong in the editing phase. This time, I’m just going to push through. I may end up cutting a bunch of stuff from my novel, anyway, and rewriting a big chunk. I just want to get it finished.

The other thing that always happens to me right about now is that I start getting ideas for other novels. My plan right now is to rewrite another of my older novels during December, similar to the rewrite I’ve been doing this month. I’ll keep the names and some of the traits of the two main characters, and the feeling of the setting, but other than that I’m going to change most of the story. So of course, my brain keeps trying to convince me I should just start on that now, and put my NaNo novel away and come back to it later. But I’m not going to give in. I’m going to get to 50k and finish this story and then I’ll start working on the other one.

Anyone else tend to hit a slump at a certain point in their writing, every time? What do you do to get past it?

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1 Comment on The Two-Thirds Slump

  1. timmy
    December 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm (1327 days ago)

    hi cameron, it’s your cousin. i just submitted my newsletter and i saw the email address you were collecting them from so i decided to check it out. i have read how you are talking about trying to write every day. it’s hard, isn’t it? i go through ups and downs but usually i can’t write every day. i feel guilty when i don’t because i say, ‘am i just being lazy or is it that i don’t have anything to say?’ but i know that the times i push through and write something i always do have something to say.

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