NaNoWriMo Day 12

NaNoWriMo par: 1,667 words/day
NaNoWriMo total: 20,000 words
Personal par: 2,788 words/day
Personal total: 27,025 words

A couple of milestones this morning:

  1. This morning was my most productive yet.  I managed to write 2,788 words in just under 2 hours, and I think if I’d started right at 5 am and stopped at 7 am (as opposed to 5:10 am – 6:56 am) I might have been able to hit 3,000 words.  Regardless, nearly 2,800 words in two hours is impressive for me.  And they were pretty good words, too.
  2. From the NaNoWriMo standpoint, I am now more than halfway to the goal of 50,000 words, even though I’m only a little more than a third of the way through the duration of the challenge.  At this rate, there’s a small chance I’ll hit 30,000 words tomorrow–certainly surpass it Saturday morning at the latest.

I wrote two full scenes this morning, the first of which, at 1,500 words, was a pretty exciting action scene.  By the time the first hour of write was complete, I’d finished that scene, which put my initial pace somewhere around 3,000 words in two hours.  It wasn’t the best scene that I’ve written (I still think Sunday’s scene deserves that credit) but it was a good one, and one that I was particularly satisfied with after the tough going yesterday.  There are still some technical issues that need to be worked out in the scene, but otherwise, I’m pretty happy with it.  The other scenes were good as well, and I got started on the third scene just before I wrapped up this morning, so I have a good jumping-off point for tomorrow.

Yesterday and today were a world of difference.  The writing came much more easily this morning.  I started a little sooner after I got up, but I don’t know if that makes much of a difference.  I’d try to develop an exciting scene and went into the writing with those thoughts in mind.  I think that helped a lot.

I realize now that I am working on scenes that will make up the last 2/3rds of the book.  I’ve wrote a few scenes early on that fall into the first third, but I may not get back to completing that section until the last two thirds are completed.

I’m more than 7,000 words ahead of NaNo par; that’s over 4 days!  If I can keep up my present rate, I’ll hit 50,000 words somewhere around November 23, a few days before Thanksgiving.  By November 30, I’ll be at 67,530 words, and I will complete the 90,000 word first draft by December 10, which happens to be my Dad’s birthday.