NaNoWriMo Day 14 (Part 1 complete!)

When I wrote my outline for Far Away Places, I had a rough I idea that the story would be told in three parts.  Since I was aiming for 90,000 words, I assumed that each part would represent a third of the novel, or about 30,000 words and I outlined accordingly.  This morning I finished Part 1 of the novel.  For the 14th day in a row, I not only exceeded the NaNoWriMo pace of 1667 words/day, I exceeded my own pace of 2000 words/day, finishing the session with 2318 words.  It brought my 14-day total to 34,780 words.  Considering I was aiming for about 30,000 words in Part 1, this is pretty darn good, I think.  I had originally outlined 15 chapters.  I ended up with 14 chapters because I consolidated two of the shorter chapters into a single one.  Part 1 ended on a positive note, which is what I was looking for, but the ending needs some work–and I’ve made some notes for when I return to it in the second draft.

Tomorrow, I’ll begin Part 2.  This enters the long middle of the novel and it is here, as I understand it, that many would-be novelists get bogged down.  I am hoping to avoid this, but only time will tell.  If all goes well, I’ll be wrapping up Part 2 in about 2 week from now, adding another 30,000 words to what I’ve already got.  Over the past few days, I’ve been fleshing out the outline for Part 2 making changes to my original based on things that have happened in Part 1 that I didn’t plan for.  There were three main subplots in Part 1.  These will grew into 6 subplots in Part 2 and I hope this will keep things interesting for me as a writing and for any future reader.  The outline still requires some work and I hope to get to that later today.

I’m very pleased with my progress thus far.  I am more than 11,000 words ahead of NaNoWriMo pace–that’s nearly a week ahead of schedule.  More importantly, I’m pleased with the writing overall.  The prose can be dramatically improved in the second draft, but the story is compelling, I think, and it is hanging together well through the first third of the novel.  I hope it will continue to do so through the daunting two-thirds that remain.

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NaNoWriMo 2010 Day 14

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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