I had to go into work last night to deal with chaos that started earlier in the day. I didn’t get back home until 10 and didn’t get to sleep until around 11–and then I was up at 4:30am. So my question for a decent night’s sleep remained unfulfilled. And yet, I was up at 4:30, and I got started on Chapter 5 at 5 am. I managed to write just over 2,200 words.
I read the outline for this chapter before going to be last night so I could think about it while drifting off to sleep. It didn’t seem like it was going to be the most exciting chapter to write, but the viewpoint character in this chapter surprised me back on day 3, so I gave her the benefit of the doubt. Indeed, the writing started much more slowly this morning, but it picked up thanks to an idea proposed by a supporting character in the scene. He introduced an interesting and unplanned twist that resulted in a chapter that not only fits much better into the overarching plot, but one that ends in an exciting cliffhanger (to be revisited in Chapter 7).
Today’s writing brings my 5-day total to 11,789 words. Pace for day 5 is 8,335 words, which puts me nearly 3,500 words ahead of pace: more than two days! This evening I’ll be working on smoothing over the first draft of the short story I finished yesterday so I can send it to my first readers for the weekend. Tomorrow I’ll be writing from 7-9am, since it’s a weekend and I deserve to sleep in just a little. Right?
Here are the day 5 stats: