NaNoWriMo 2010 Day 16

This was the toughest morning so far.  I wasn’t enthusiastic about writing Chapter 17 which probably meant that I needed to reconsider it on the outline. When I got downstairs, I had virtually decide to skip the chapter for the day and write the more exciting Chapter 18. But I found myself coming back to what I had outlined for Chapter 17 and decided to give it a shot, altering it as I went along to fit my mood.  I turned out 2 scenes, the first of which gave some good background on one of the antagonists of the story, and did so in a way that makes her actions seem much more reasonable.  Or so I hope.  The second scene evolved into something even more special.  It’s a shorter scene but it sets up some nice stuff a few chapters down the line.

I got off to a slow start and had gotten through only 1000 words after the first hour.  Nevertheless, I pressed on and I ended the session with my 16th consecutive day beating my personal goal.  I wrote 2,247 words bringing my 16-day total to 39,355 words and putting me nearly 13,000 words ahead of pace. That’s outstanding considering that at one point early in session I was worried I might not even break 1000 words.

Tomorrow should be better, but I’l take today as a success as well.  Last year, while I successfully competed NaNoWriMo, the beginning of the third week was where my regular schedule broke down.  I stopped getting up early, started skipping days, and scattering my sessions at lunch or in the evenings.  That hasn’t happened here.  Two days into the third week and I’ve been up before 5am both days.  And that has every sign of continuing through mid-December.

Here are the stats for today:

NaNoWriMo 2010 Day 16