NaNoWriMo Day 5

NaNoWriMo par: 1,667 words/day
NaNoWriMo total: 8,335 words
Personal par: 2,000 words/day
Personal total: 11,396 words

Please indulge me for a moment as I scream out CONGRATULATIONS to the World Champion New York Yankess!  (It’s been a long time coming.)

I stayed up to watch the entire game, of course, and the celebrations afterward, and it was well after midnight when I finally got to bed.  My mind was full of the Yankees victory and when I woke up this morning just before 5 am, I hadn’t really put much thought into what I would be writing today.

I think today was the most difficult day for me so far, in terms of getting stuff on the page.  I managed to write 2,165 words, still above my daily goal, but I feel as though I did it primarily through brute force.  I’m trying not to worry about it to much at this point.  I just keep on writing and I don’t really look back, but it’s in the back of my mind.  When the first draft is done, a lot of work will be required and the second draft may not look much like the first.  I surprised myself with brute force.  I felt like I wasn’t making forward progress, but in just under 2 hours, I hit the 2,000 word mark, and when I finished off at 7 am, I’d moved beyond it.

I did finish Chapter 1 today, which came in around 6,000 words all told.  That’s a pretty long chapter, but it’s broken into 8 parts, which probably average 800 words each.  I like short scenes in the novels that I read and I find that it also makes them easier to write.  The last part of the chapter had a lot of dialog though, and I felt like there wasn’t enough going on (even though the dialog seems important).  So I started Chapter 2 with a little more action and a little less dialog.  And I also have a better idea now of where chapter 2 is going.  I introduced a character from the prologue, and will introduce one or two other characters there.  There is a pretty big cast to this story, and I know that not everyone can be my "main" character, but I still haven’t decided yet which ones will end up as such.  I imagine they, and the story, will decide for me.

I passed a milestone sometime early this morning: 10,000 words.  I’ve got a little more than 20% of the 50,000 word goal completed.  It feels pretty good.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.