I’m at something over 34k of words now. And I finally—finally—finished part 2. And I’m only 4,000 words over what I planned!
Now, I know what you’re thinking.
“Who is this guy? And why is he yelling at me?”
My initial idea was to spend something around 20k words on part 2. And after finishing part one, a planned 10k, with only a few hundred over, I thought this will be the same.
But it wasn’t Ha. Ho.
I know of a few places where I talk too much. Give some characters more knowledge than is necessary for the story. All that can be cut. Not down to 20k, I don’t think so. But all in all, I think this will end up being a lot closer to what I wanted it to be.
I’m just glad I pushed past it. I thought I wouldn’t be able to, really. Things just kept popping up. Characters doing stupid things without asking me prior. But all of it made sense for a more cohesive experience, I suppose. So.
I’m thinking of sharing some stuff right from inside the dungeon—err I mean file that contains the story.
Maybe I prep something this weekend. Don’t count on it, but get excited regardless.
And let me know how your NaNo is going! Let’s exchange words over words of words about words, yes?
And that’s okay. It is, really. Let me illustrate something here.
This is my current (Nov 12, 8am) word count graph as presented by the NaNoWriMo site. As you can see, I started off strong, but then puttered along for almost a week with some good days, some really bad days.
But there, at day 7, a massive spike in words.
Looking at the graph, you can see exactly which days I worked my day job. And you can see when I had time to give her my best. The increase at the end of the first week feels really good to see visualized. Yeah, I didn’t hit my personal goal of 30,000 and the end of part 2 as I planned, but I did amazingly well, regardless. Day 7, I wrote something over 6,000 words, which is my second best writing day to date (the best day being Nov 1, when I hit over 10,000).
So, I see no reason to be discouraged. I’m still way ahead of the game. Part 2 is almost done. Got my wanna-be heroes where I want them to be for it, and all I need now is a chapter to take away all hope for them. So they’re ready for part 3, which has a forecast of slight showers of gloom with high-pressure rise in anxiety.
PS: I’m planing on creating some sort of simple spreadsheet to but my process into even more and prettiererst graphs and tables. Unless someone knows of a site that does that for you by simply entering one’s NaNo name? Let me know.
I wrote a thing for my local NaNoWriMo group’s website. Just submitted it to the moderator/editor of guest posts, but I figured I can share the same thing here. It’s about word count and personal pacing from newcomer’s perspective.
Words written: 15,756. Three days of 12 hour shifts at work put me behind on daily words, but I’m still ahead in total.
I’m also managing to contain my inner editor, the dude that usually keeps me from writing by making me reread and edit what’s already been written. I know I need to change a whole lot if ever this draft wants to make it to something, but I just add notes to the sections, summing up what I need to do eventually. No actually editing or even rereading!
Good job, me.
Here’s for doing my best to break 30k by the end of the week, or even finish this whole damned thing.
And just for you, some buzzwords for the current projecting of the plot: Quantum weirdness, seizures, cybernetic body shame, grumpy old man, PTSD, neural interface dump-shock, human behavior simulation, soy-caff.
If you paid close attention, you already saw the calendar date on the right of the site, together with an updated word count for my NaNoWriMo.
Made it to 10,460 on day one. That’s where I call it quits for now. Been writing all day on and off. Between doing stuff around the house (and eating and drinking water).
When I talked about my preparation for NaNo, I said that I split my project up into four parts, each with a word-count goal. The first part was meant to be around 10,000 words. Now, at 10,460, part 1 is done. It actually worked out. When I was around 8,000, and I looked at where the story was and how much was left for part one, I had a pretty good feeling already.
All in all, day was a success. Next few days will be slower, for sure. Work and such. But if all goes well, I should be done with the 50,000 words by the end of the week. Or something.
At that point, I’ll write a little more about the actual story, how it all developed. Excerpts are incoming, too.