Thursday, November 21, 2013

NaNoWriMo Day 21

Yes, that's whisky next to my laptop.
Don't judge me.
Quick update on the progress:

You can check out my progress toward my overall goal of 100,000 words for the novel on the death bar at the left side of this here blog thingie. I'm really close to reaching 50,000 words for the month of November. If I don't get there today, it'll be early on Friday. This would be a record for me, averaging well over 2300 words a day.

The key word there is averaging. I had a couple of really good days early on, over 3000 words, and I can attribute those to the excitement of starting and knowing a lot about what I wanted to write. But every day since that opening weekend (despite a late day start for the first time in my 6 years of NaNo) I've found the words coming steadily.

Now something I want to reiterate here is that not all of these words are good. I'm just blasting away at getting the story I'm writing down in a form that can be shaped and edited. Think of it as carving a piece of marble out of a wall. That marble will then be sculpted into something more representative of what I want to present to the world.

Or maybe it's like the blob of dough that gets shaped into individual loaves of bread, then baked and sliced for consumption.

There's not a lot of worry about overusing words (dammit 'just' keeps creeping in on me, I don't know why) and there's even less worry about things like passive verbs ('was going' will be replaced with 'went' in the first revision). I'm just throwing words down to get it out of my head. It still needs massaging, sculpting, some trips to the gym to make it more muscular.

But the purpose of NaNo isn't to write a complete, ready to sell novel. It's to prove to yourself that you can do this, that you have a talent for writing and for telling a story. With that in mind, as fast and steady as I'm writing, 50K words is easy to achieve.

And I'm in love with my story. Getting another 50K should be just as easy and I've got a routine down now. I may even have a couple of good days over weekends and the coming holiday. Even with serious distractions like the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who coming up on Saturday.

But now I've got writing to do. My new nemesis is really challenging me and I have to stay ahead in my word count.

How's your writing going? Tell me about it in the comments, would you?

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