A whimsical image that has no bearing on this post whatsoever…enjoy 🙂
So, we are a couple days into the second week of NaNoWriMo, and I thought I would post an update on how my first week went.
My word count so far, on Day 9 is: 18,136. If I keep up with my current rate, I will finish, so the stat-bot tells me, on the 25 November. I’m glad to see my writing buddies who are participating this year are doing well too and have had a great first week. Woohoo!
I’ve noticed that my writing process is slightly different this year. When I write, I don’t necessarily tackle chapters in chronological order; I tend to write whatever I feel like writing no matter where it is in the storyline and then magically weave them altogether later. At the moment, I’m solely concentrating on Act 1 (I use the basic three act structure with some focus points I’ve added in along the way), with my focus on the first six chapters. I’ve been moving around these few chapters but stopping myself from exploring any further yet, except in terms of notes and planning, which of course, I’m not counting in my word count.
This has had an effect on my pacing: I’m hitting on average 2,000 words a day, whilst allowing myself a writing-free day once a week. This seems to be working well so far. I’ve also been able to edit sections as I go, which is helping me see how the next few chapters are going to unfold.
I even found some music on YouTube that compliments what I’m writing nicely. My story is set in winter, and one hour of wintry music not only taps nicely into the season but also gives me a set timeframe within which to concentrate on nothing but writing this novel. And I’m surprisingly still finding time to spend on other projects too (which I’m not including in my word count because they are separate from the novel).
At this point, it feels like things are going well. Hopefully, this will continue and by the end of November I’ll have at least half a novel that makes sense and won’t require too much redrafting / rewriting. Fingers crossed!
Are you participating in NaNo this year? How are you finding it so far?