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.

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.