So, I don’t want to overpower everyone with my NaNoWriMo tales, but I am excited, so I have to talk about it, at least a little.
First, no I am not going to share my NaNoWriMo story here, at least not now. Maybe when it is done, but I don’t usually let anyone read a work in progress.
Second, I am torn as to whether or not I am currently successfully completing my word counts. The official goal, according to the NaNoWriMo website, is 50,000 words. As of last night, the end of day seven, I had hit 10,026 words; according to their finish on time chart I should have written 11,666 words. I have hit my word goal three days in the past week, with the worst day being day one, and the best day being yesterday. It feels like a very brutal pace, but this may be because I am coming off of a slump and pushing to get a lot done. I have heard that writing is a marathon, not a sprint, but this is definitely a world class runner speed marathon, not my slow, mostly walking pace.
No matter the pain, I am making progress. I am currently on Chapter 9, though I am technically working on chapter 8, as I accidentally began a scene early and went back to write the previous one. I have a few notes for revisions to make already, and I have added a few things in the spur of the moment that just felt right and I think I like them.
Third, I feel like the writing might be taking over my life. Many things are being neglected, from cleaning to running as I push to get enough words in. I am still a little bit of a space cadet when I sit to write, and I am having trouble focusing. I think if I can get that under control, and be able to sit and write when it is time to write, I will get my life back.
Finally, and most importantly I think I am learning a little about my writing. I wanted to do this to prove I can, and I am getting it done. But I am learning too. For example, I didn’t know how much I shape my characters as I go. I knew what was going to happen, and who was going to interact with who, but as I have worked, the characters have begun to represent something to me. They are finding ways to speak about something more than just the silly plot I had worked out.
I am also realizing I rely too much on dialogue to get my point across. I am writing from a first person perspective, and am trying not to have the entire view of the other characters come from this one persons thoughts, as well as trying to avoid spending too much time describing the mundane actions one does while speaking. Cutting a lot of this out, and letting the interactions speak for themselves seems to leave, well, a lot of speaking. I can’t decide if it is a normal amount of dialogue for a YA book or not. This may be another point for revision later.
Oh well. I have word counts to catch, and a weekend to live. If I want to avoid spending the entire day on my butt in front of the computer, again, I should get a wiggle on.
Happy Writing NaNoWriMo-ers!