I got some sleep last night! I was pretty tired, went to bed before 9am and I was up at 7am to get started on Day 6 of NaNoWriMo. It’s Saturday and my weekend schedule for NaNoWriMo is 7-9am and it was nice to get the extra sleep in.
Today was perhaps the slowest start of all six days so far. It wasn’t until more than 1.5 hours into my writing that I passed the NaNo pace of 1,667 this morning. But I finished the morning with 2,338 words, which has been par for me over the last 6 days. It brings my 6-day total to 14,127 words which is 4,127 words ahead of NaNo pace and 2,127 above my personal pace. That’s 2.5 days and 1 day ahead of schedule respectively. Even if I skip a day now, I’m still set to finish on time. In fact, according to some new stats provided by the NaNoWriMo website (see below) at my current pace I will hit 50,000 words on Monday, November 22. Ironic, since on that day I will be in NYC attending the annual SFWA reception and having lunch with an editor there.
Today’s chapter was a fun one to write. It began with what I thought was an exciting action sequence that turned out to be something else completely. And then it moved into a bar, where four of the main characters sat around a booth drinking beer, and how can that be anything but fun at 7am on a Saturday morning. I was able to introduce some technical aspects of the novel in a way that didn’t come across as too infodumpy, and I imagine that I’ll be able to improve that further in a future draft.
I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s chapter, which I expect to be one of the longer one’s I’ve written so far. (The longest to this point, Chapter 1, tops 2,500 words.) Tomorrow’s might hit 3,000 words if time permits.
Some of the recent friendly competition with other writers and friends has been fun, too. I’m generally ahead of most people on my buddy list, but one person in the Arlington Writers Group is sticking doggedly ahead of me (she’s at somewhere around 15,000 words and hasn’t yet written today.) So it’s been fun to go back and forth and feed off each other’s good-natured bragging and nagging.
Busy day today, but I hope to get some revisions in to the short story I completed the other day. I promised my first readers I’d get it out to them this weekend.
Here are the stats for today: