I really feel like I’m on the home straight now. Almost two full days ahead of the recommended word count, and under 9,000 words to go. The feeling of seeing that remaining count-down tick over from 5 digits to 4 was… indescribable. I can’t imagine what it will feel like when I finally validate a winning word count!
I’m still not sure I’ll get to 50,000 words without some padding here and there, but it’s getting closer all the time. I’m almost at the finish line! It’s so exciting… I’ve wanted to write a novel for years, but this is the first time I’ve even come close.
I sense some serious padding ahead. I’ve felt this before – back when I hit the half-way mark, and so far I’ve managed to tell the story without too much repetition or extraneous detail. Now I’m about 11,500 words from the finish line, and only have a couple of things left to happen in the story.
Admittedly one is quite a major event, and I can probably soak up a few words with descriptions and reactions, but it still feels like I’m going to be cutting it fine. Word count wise, I’m still more than a day ahead of schedule, but I’m concerned that if I do have to find some extra padding from somewhere, it’s going to be an uphill battle for the last couple of days.
I also have a couple more social events planned over the next few days. I spent most of today re-watching The Hunger Games and Catching Fire because I have tickets to see Mockingjay tonight. I’ve still written my 1667 words today, but I’d feel better if I had more. I also have serious doubts about how much I’ll get done on Wednesday, because I have tickets to a matinee of Les Miserables, followed by a (non-writing) social event for my NaNo region. (Hopefully I won’t miss out on this one!)
Day 20: I was supposed to go to a local write-in – the first I was planning to go to where I would have been exposed to total strangers. I was excited, but due to a series of tiny errors that all added up, I ended up missing it. Instead I went to the local library and pumped out a couple of thousand words alone. It turns out I can be really productive when I’m not connected to the internet. I would have posted all this last night, but I was so tired that I ended up coming home and flaking out on the couch. I woke up at about 2:30 am with no idea how A Touch of Frost ended. (I know the episodes are all 10 years old, but I like them, okay?)
Day 21: Being a day ahead of par again is nice. I’m trying to keep it that way… I wrote 1,200 words this afternoon, and I’d like to write another 400 or so before I go to sleep. Busy day otherwise – I may have mentioned a couple of months back that I’m starting on a new history project? Anyway, I went to a couple events related to that this evening, and the people who are my main contacts on the project are very supportive of letting me finish NaNo before we get into any more serious research. Score!
As I suspected, my time has not been my own today. Well, it was, but there were a lot of distractions…
I wrote nearly 500 words this morning (reluctantly, as I was very uncomfortably seated at a high folding table on a low camping chair). As it turned out, this was a good thing, as writing-wise things got much worse as the day went on. I couldn’t write in the car, we went to a couple of bookshops on the way home, we went out for dinner – and by the time I got home I was struggling to wind down and get back into writing mode. I’m almost there… better late than never.
Highlight of the day: One of the bookshops I went to was selling a book called something like ‘How to write a first draft in 30 days’. Sadly my budget didn’t stretch to the $19.95 sale price, especially given the fact that I’m almost 2/3 of the way through doing that exact thing! Maybe if I’d seen it there before I started NaNo…
Another short one today…
It’s only lunch time, and I’ve written just over 1,000 words today. I’m hoping to get in another 1,000 by the end of the day, but I’m going back to the beach house tonight, so I’ll be working on the tablet. We don’t have the internet at the beach house yet, so I’m posting this now, before I leave.
I’ve been struggling to get my head in the game today, but I’ve finally got on a roll…back to it!
Yesterday I reached the half-way mark, almost 22 hours ahead of schedule. At 2:25 am local time, I typed the 25,000th word of my novel. Then I crashed, and wrote nothing else for the rest of the day. :-(
Instead, I spent the rest of the day in the real (non-writing) world. I celebrated with my parents as they moved the first of their possessions into their new holiday house. I caught another fish. I made some real progress reading a book I’d been struggling with. (Perhaps because the night before I re-watched the movie, and found that the reason I couldn’t place a really annoying character was because he died in the first 20 minutes. Now I know where his character arc is headed, it’s a lot easier to get my head around what’s happening in the present.)
Today I was back into the writing thing though, in a big way too. Remember on day 1 I said I was having dinner with another WriMo that night? Today we had a mini-write in. Just the two of us doing word-sprints together for a couple of hours. She got through over 2,500 words, and I did 3,100! I think that’s enough for one day, don’t you?
Today started off really well. I was up early, and wrote 1500 words before lunch. Not much has happened since then.
A big chunk of what I wrote today was dialogue, which I suppose is why I found it so easy. Now I’ve finished that part of the story, and I’m struggling to figure out where to go next. I was hoping to hit the half-way point tonight, but unless some miracle happens in the next hour, I’m not going to manage it until tomorrow.
A nice early update today. I’ve flown through my target word count – and then some.
A character did a couple of things I wasn’t intending today, but since it advanced the story I let it go. Actually it came out pretty interesting.
As I’m nearing the half-way point, I’m starting to worry that I don’t have as much to say ahead of me as I’d hoped. I’d hate to finish the story without reaching 50,000 words after all the work I’ve put into this month. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to pad it out if I need to!
Today was a good writing day – until I got distracted by dinner. I got plenty written this afternoon, but ever since the dinner break, I’m struggling to get back into the flow.
I’ve known for a while now that I wasn’t happy with the way some elements of the story were coming along. I’d envisioned the novel I’m writing as an ensemble piece, but far too many chapters were focused on the protagonist, while other characters were being left by the wayside. Today I dealt with this by going back through what I’d already written and adding a couple of chapters dealing with a secondary relationship which I had always intended to develop throughout the main narrative.
I’m not sure why I hadn’t added these chapters before. Perhaps because it was going to interrupt my thought processes regarding the primary plot. Perhaps because I wasn’t sure where the tangent belonged in the chronology. I think part of it was because I wasn’t sure exactly why the characters hadn’t hooked up earlier. The couple in question are both in their 60′s: a divorced male and a woman who never married. This morning I decided it was time to explore this relationship more, so I asked the woman (in my head of course) ‘why do you hate him so much?’ Please don’t think I’m going crazy, but I actually got an answer. Again: I know this was in my head – I can still tell the difference between reality and imagination (I think).
I’m not going to tell you the answer I got – but I will tell you that it made a lot of sense, and now I’ve got three chapters more than I had this morning…