It’s 11 pm and I’ve had exactly 3.5 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours or so. But I’ve had a productive couple of days on the writing front. As I mentioned earlier this morning, I knocked out 2,500 words on NaNoWriMo day 3, putting my 3-day total over 7,200 words. This evening, at the Arlington Writers Group, we had a “free-writing” night so that people could work on their NaNoWriMo pieces together. I opted to work on the short science fiction mystery I’ve been tackling, since I’m already ahead of the curve on NaNo. During our 2-hour meeting, I managed another 2,200 words on the story, bringing it to 4,900 words. In fact, I stopped writing on the line that was the absolute climax of the story, and I imagine I’ll finish the first draft before the weekend. I expect the story to come in between 5-6,000 words. 4,700 words in one day is very, very good for me. And I really think this short piece is a winner.
After the group tonight, a bunch of us headed over to the Silver Diner in Arlington and sat around a bunch of tables, talking shop. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t get home until almost 11 pm, and I have to be up at 5 am for NaNo, but it was worth it.