It’s been a little over a week since the mammoth task NaNoWriMo has set. It only took me four days to realise that writing this much was achievable – I certainly can write 50K words in a month (providing I continue as I have so far). It’s taken me nine days to recognise that my novel is going to need almost twice as many words for the story to be completed. This is my true goal for November – to finish the book. The story is falling into place in a way I hadn’t expected but am certainly pleased about. I’ve had to go back a few times and insert paragraphs here and there to tie in with later information, or as I think of something new. Did you think authors had all the twisty-turny ideas in mind all along? The main ones sure, but I’m weaving in clues and hints after the fact for the little surprises. The clues can’t be too good though, I don’t want to give too many things away.
I’ve twenty thousand words so far and well ahead of the fifteen thousand I need for day nine. I’m feeling good about that, but I have to continue taking things one day at a time because I’ll get overwhelmed if I don’t. That’s the secret to producing so much and to reach completion; putting one word after the other, writing a sentence, writing a paragraph, writing a chapter, writing a book. Baby steps.
- NaNoWriMo Tip #6: Don’t Think Like an Editor (Yet) (mediabistro.com)