NaNoWriMo Day 11

NaNoWriMo par: 1,667 words/day
NaNoWriMo total: 18,337 words
Personal par: 2,015 words/day
Personal total: 24,269 words

It’s official: Far Away Places is the longest single piece of fiction I have ever written.  That happened sometime early this morning when I passed through the 23,000 word mark.  I finished the morning with 2,015 words for the day, 24,269 total after 11 days.  Despite the fact that I made my goal once again, and that I beat my length record, it wasn’t a particularly good morning.

When I left off yesterday, I felt as if I was in the midst of an exciting scene, and I continue that scene and two others this morning.  But I didn’t feel the same kind of excitement or life that I felt yesterday.  The expected is taking place, not the unexpected and I ‘m afraid that they won’t hold a reader’s interest.  I am trying to convey a sense of wonder in the scenes, but it’s just not coming across.  I reminded myself that this is first draft and I’ll have plenty of time to spruce things up the second time around; the idea here is just to get it down on paper–and I pressed on.  But I was still left with a feeling that while I made my goal today, the writing wasn’t very good.

Which is why it’s good that NaNo is 30 days and not 1 day.  There will be a few bad days.  I’ll just try to learn from them, and press for a better day tomorrow.