NaNoWriMo Day 8

NaNoWriMo par: 1,667 words/day
NaNoWriMo total: 13,336 words
Personal par: 2,000 words/day
Personal total: 17,856 words

Breakthrough!  While I didn’t really get a chance to do much of the planning I had written about yesterday, I did scribble down a list of related scenes that I feel need to be part of the story.  I decided to proceed by tackling those scenes and of the 6 I scribble down, I wrote two of them this morning.

The first scene was just under a thousand words, and definitely helped to get me warmed up.  I felt as if I had direction once again.  The second scene ended up as the longest single scene in my story, topping the 1,500 word mark.  I also think it is the single best piece of writing I have done in a long time.  In a way, the scene is, itself, a self-contained story.  But for first draft material, it is well-written and I think has a strong emotional impact.  As I wrote the end of the scene, I could feel tears coming to my eyes.  After I finished it, I read back through it and was almost breathless.  I actually printed out the scene and asked Kelly to read it.  She gives me direct, no-nonsense feedback and if she likes it, I can be sure I have something good.  If I can write like that consistently, I may end up with something really special.

I think giving myself a reorientation, a sense of direction, really helped today.  I got a late start because we were up late with friends last night, and I slept somewhat restlessly.  I started off a bit slowly this morning, but time disappeared once I started on that second scene.  I had a vague idea of what the resolution would be, but I was surprised by how potent it seemed.  And pleased.

All told, I wrote 2,532 words today between 8-10:30 am.  It’s only 40 words shy of my best session so far.  My total after 8 days stands at 17,856 words.  I’ve still got a couple of scenes to write off my list, and if I can maintain the kind of writing and pace I had today, I just might hit 20,000 words tomorrow.

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.