Monday, November 15, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update

Hello all.  As some of you know, today marks the halfway point in the 2010 NaNoWriMo Challenge.  A week before it started, I decided to take a crack at it.  After all, I've already written three books, with a fourth on the way.  Piece of cake, right?

Yeah, about that...

I actually did okay until November 10th, when a sudden bout of the flu put me down for two days.  So after playing catch up in my life, I ended up four days total behind on my writing. 

That's about 6,700 words I was behind.

After the panic attack subsided, I realized I've done binge writing sessions before.  On Sunday, I sat down and knocked out about 4,500 words.  I still didn't get caught up, but I'm now only two days behind, as opposed to four.

Hooray me!

This has been an interesting challenge for me.  Because I only had a week to prepare, I went into this story blind.  Sure, I'd thrown a six page outline together, but you know how many pages of that I ended up using?  Three.  Three pages before the rest became garbage and I had to throw it out.  The characters and I have also been butting heads, because I have no set background or history for them, so we're all going into this blind. 

But I know that in the end, I shall perservere.  After my Sunday madness, the story is really starting to pick up steam, and the characters are starting to reveal themselves to me, which allows me to write their story better.

To those of you who were also crazy enough to take on the challenge, I say, kudos to you.  Just keep going, and remember, your book doesn't have to be perfect.  In fact, I'm planning on cutting out half the scenes I've already written, but that's the fun of it.  This challenge is all about letting go, and seeing where fate decides to take you. 

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