My alarm went off at 5am and I struggled to get out of bed. Normally I wake up before the alarm, but Zach had a rough night last night and he ended up sleeping right up against me from about 1am on and I was forced into a small corner of the bed and slept fitfully. I was pretty out of it when I woke up and when I finally made it downstairs into the office, it still took me a few minutes before I was ready to get started writing. But I did get started and though things seemed to move slowly, I managed to get down 2,125 words before 7am rolled around, bringing my 9-day total to 21,539 words.
I passed the 20,000 word mark!
It turned out to be an interesting morning, story-wise. I wrote the second scene of Chapter 8 and the beginning of the first scene of Chapter 9 (the first time that I have not finished a scene cleanly at the end of a session). But Chapter 8 introduces one of the more significant subplots (and complications) that will plague the rest of the storyline, and I think I managed to make a good introduction of it. It is told from the point of view of someone who opposes what is happening in the story, and it is not a viewpoint that I personally hold. So it was fun to write the scenes from that point of view, trying to carefully maintain that viewpoint with reason and logic without making the antagonist seem like a bad guy. I think I got off to a pretty good start on that.
Chapters 8 and 9 also introduce a turning point in the pace of the first part of the novel. Up until this point, there was generally a single scene per chapter and they ran about 2,000 words or so. Now there are multiple scenes in each chapter, shorter and told from the different viewpoints of major characters. Going forward through Chapter 15, the scenes will be shorter, more rapid-fire, and shifting between critical viewpoints in such a way as to (I hope) have the effect of speeding up the pace into a wild ride toward a climactic event that concludes part 1 of the novel. The closer the reader gets to the event, the faster the pace, the more the shifting, and I’m hoping this will have the effect of something like a page-turner. I guess we’ll see how successful I am when it’s all done.
Tomorrow will be Day 10 and at the end of my writing tomorrow, it will be interesting to see what my 10-day average is. According to the NaNo site, I’m averaging a hair under 2,400 words/day. To maintain that through 10 days I’ll need to hit about 2,400 words tomorrow, which, of course, would put me at 24,000 words. It’s possible. Especially if I can get a better night’s sleep tonight.
Here are the stats for today: