I thought I was going to be able to tear through the morning and hit 2,500+ words because I was excited about the scenes I was writing, but things moved more slowly than I expected and I ended up with 2,115 for the morning. That is still good, of course, but I felt like I really had to work for it today. Still, it brings my 10-day total to 23,652 words and I find myself in 2nd place on my list of NaNo buddies, ahead of everyone but Pam from the Arlington Writers Group. Our friendly competition continues.
I wrote 4 scenes this morning each taking up a different view point, and that is what might have slowed me down. I’ve moved into a phase where the pace is picking up and things are rapidly moving toward a kind of event horizon in the first part of the novel. Having to shift between viewpoints as opposed to sticking with one is good for dramatic effect, but it’s more difficult than I expected to do the mental shift. I imagine this is because you are shifting from characters in very different emotional states and going from, say, a suicidal character to one who is nervously excited can be disconcerting. Anyway, I press onward.
Tomorrow I should pass through the halfway mark, 25,000 words, and as I approach the end of Part I of the story, I need to spend some time over the next couple of days tweaking the outline for Part II to bring it in line with the way the story has evolved from the original plan (not too much, so far, thankfully, at least in any significant way). I’m hoping to attack that in the evening.
Meanwhile, here are the stats for today: