NaNoWriMo Day 19

NaNoWriMo par: 1,667 words/day
NaNoWriMo total: 31,667 words
Personal par: 2,000 words/day
Personal total: 42,342 words

Big day today for writing! I passed the 40,000 word mark, but even more than that, I had my single best word-count day yet, totaling 3,126 words on the day. Still sick, I slept in again, so my writing was broken up into two sessions. I wrote around 1,800 words at lunch, and another 1,300 words or so this evening. My total now stands at 42,342 words and I have less than 8,000 words to go to "win" the NaNo challenge. It also means that in the next day or so, I’ll pass the 45,000 word mark which is about the halfway point for the total expected length of the novel.

Today I focused on two very different scenes. Early in the day, I worked on a short scene that implied a relationship was showing signs of fraying, and foreshadowing dark things to come. But the bulk of the day, was a long scene that described the birth of an unexpected relationship, love where love might not otherwise be found. It is almost a self-contained short story that fits neatly within the story line of the novel itself, and while I know it will need a significant amount of work in the next draft, I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve done there. And it’s not done yet. I think there’s probably another thousand words of the story yet to tell and I will get to that tomorrow.

I was worried a bit that, as I near the halfway point of the novel, there wouldn’t be much left to tell, but as it turns out, some of the most exciting parts of the story are just beginning to unfold. I am no longer concerned that 90,000 words will be too much. It will be reigning the story in that will be the challenge.

My current pace is 2,228 words/day, more than 10% above my personal goal, and well above NaNoWriMo par. For 19 days in a row, I’ve averaged more than 2,000 words each day. I’ve never come close to that before and it feels really good. Today, I find myself more than 10,000 words ahead of NaNo par, which translates into nearly a week ahead of schedule. And based on my current pace, I will hit the 50,000 word mark sometime on November 23, as planned. That’s Monday and it’s right around the corner. I can hardly believe it!