Just thought I’d share a quick update on my progress in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It was two days later than I’d planned, but last night I officially passed the 25,000 word halfway point, clocking in at 27,541 words before going to bed last night. I’m still a bit behind on where I wanted to be at this point, which would be 30,006 words by midnight tonight. I skipped one night of writing a week ago, and was surprised at how far behind I ended up as a result. But that’s OK. I think I can manage 2,465 words by midnight. Then I’ll be back on track in that sense.
The word count is just a way of tracking progress and having a concrete goal to shoot for, of course. What’s also going well is the progress the story is making. I had sketched out a basic lot and the major characters, but now the best part of the writing process — the part of writing fiction that I’d forgotten about over the last 10 years — is kicking in. The story and characters are taking on lives of their own, and taking the story in directions I hadn’t foreseen; fleshing out aspects of the story that I hadn’t thought of before, and giving me new ideas on where it could go. (And, given the nature of the story, it’s entirely possible this could turn into a series of novels, if I want it to.)
By the time I’m done, I think I’ll have a pretty good first draft to expand upon. And that’s the best part; I think I’m actually going to finish this challenge.
Last night I even found the courage to post an excerpt from the prologue. You can see it if you visit my profile. (It’s a flash profile, with a link to the non-flash version at the bottom.) Just remember that it’s from a rough draft, and I’ve followed one of the NaNoWriMo rules aobut never going back and rereading what you’ve already written before the month is over. So, I haven’t touched it since it flowed from my brain to my fingers to the keyboard. Be gentle.
If there are any other NaNoWriMo participants out there, let me know in the comments and I’d like to add you to my writing buddies list.