As soon as validation begins during NaNoWriMo, I get nervous.
Historically, I am finished by now.
When you are American and do NaNoWriMo in November, there is the challenge of Thanksgiving to consider. It’s difficult to write once the end of November rears its head, because there’s a lot of family stuff all of a sudden, and writing is difficult. July is different, though. July has no end-of-the-month distractions.
Except I’m not done.
This morning I wrote this:
Dude, what the heck? Who is Lei? Why is Arin not with the others? Why am I only in chapter twelve?!
I like to think of my characters as living, breathing people that just so happen to live in my head. This means that I often write instinctively. My characters sometimes wander off in their own direction, taking their own little side adventures. Sometimes, these things end up on the cutting room floor. Sometimes, these scenes shine. Until I read the manuscript back with fresh eyes, I don’t know.
We’re down to the last few days, and word count is not an issue. Plot progression on the other hand? I’m only about 30% of the way in.
But we’ll talk about that a little more on the wrap up next week….
As I’m nearing 50k words and burning out, I’m writing less and less each day. I’m still hitting my goals, but finding that stride is causing me a lot of grief. It’s at this point that I’m grateful for my loose plot outline, because it gives me mini-goals to shoot for.
Day 21 – 1372 (total: 42072)
Day 22 – 1009 (total: 43081)
Day 23 – 1136 (total: 44217)
Day 24 – 2391 (total: 46608)
Day 25 – 394 (total: 47002)
Day 26 – 668 (total: 47820)