I’m trying not to get all pissed off because the NaNoWriMo Web site has been feckin’ slow all day, to the point that I’ve yet been able to add my word count or even view forums despite my dozens of attempts. Oh well. Maybe if I’m unable to sleep again as was the case last night — I’m running on 3 hours of sleep! Woo hoo! — I can try again at 2 in the morning.
Anyhoo, my word count for the day is 2132, or about 6 pages. Yes, I realize that’s over 400 more than the required count, but longtime readers of this blog will know that I’m wrestling with a 3,000-lb alligator (i.e., a massive historical novel), so I figured that if I were to make a dent in this thing by the end of the month, I need to up the daily word count a bit more. Besides, if you can make 1700 words, it’s not that much more effort to tack on another 400, or even 500. (I had to force myself to stop, else I burn out too soon.)
I’m totally loving this whole idea of Quantity, not Quality. It’s such a relief to be able to silence that rather annoying editor that’s constantly nagging me as I write. Although it had been — ahem — awhile since I last saw our fine hero, I didn’t even bother re-reading the previous 65 or so pages but instead just skimmed the last few paragraphs to get a feel for the current setting and atmosphere and just dove right in. It was so good to be with my old friend Thomas again, and although he’s a little stiff and quite angry with me for abandoning him for so long, I think he’s starting to thaw out and will soon be talking to me again.
(And yes, writers who read this blog will recognize that those of us who write novels do talk to our characters. A lot, in fact. Considering that writing is such a solitary act, it should come as no surprise to anyone.)
Oh, and for those who aren’t crazy enough to be writers (you know who you are!), NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. I think it’s on its ninth or tenth year. In any case, this year over 70,000 insane souls from all over the world have signed on and committed to completing a 50,000-word novel by November 30th. Yes, that’s right — about 1667 words a day, give or take a swear word or ten. Official start-time was 12:01 this morning local time.
I’d heard about it for years but have only now had the time and, more importantly, the guts to attempt it. Technically you’re supposed to work on a new project, but I’m going to cheat and just continue with this one. If I can get 60,000 words by the end of the month, I’ll be over the moon. That still will probably mean I’m only halfway throughout, but it’s more than I’ve accomplished so far, and who knows? I may just take it all the way through to December, holidays and all. And maybe I will make my December 31st deadline for a first draft. Now wouldn’t that make a lovely Christmas?
And how are you doing with your NaNoWriMo project? If not that, then how’s the writing going in general?