nanowrimo · Writing

NaNoWriMo Progress


So day 4 and so far I am at 12975. I write at night so technically that is my day 4 writing although I will get some in later in the afternoon as well. I so far am averaging 3200 a day. It is easy to do in the beginning of a novel where it is all new inspiration I find. And being ahead of the game is great for when I hit any lag later. This was how I was last year as well. Well ahead in the beginning and then lagged later and ended up with 54k at the end.

I find with a Nano novel pacing is an issue. I rushed last years novel and I am having issues editing that novel as a result. It needs a lot of additional work to be what it needs to be. Because you are writing so fast you are rushing to scenes. With no breather scenes or build scenes. I was doing the same thing this year and then took a breather to think about what I was writing. I thought what happens before event C. What is the lead up? Which led to three additional chapters that add a lot of depth. Normally at a slower pace you are doing a lot more thinking and pondering, so this isn’t an issue.

Which leads me to my next point. My pre-planning has been productive to me. I know the direction I am going in. And inspiration has been building from it. But it is bare bones planning. What I did anyway. I have done a great deal of research already. Gone well beyond what I had ‘planned’. Developed the world, characters and culture. So a lot of pausing for research for me in the three hours a day I devote to writing. So, I’d say, I’m still a pantser at heart.

I got a new desk today. For free! My spouse’s sop closed down and he moved to another but in the meantime what they could not use they gave away… thus a new desk and chair for me. And I seriously needed an upgrade from my old decrepit desk.

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Also this fellow, Charlie, has not been helping me today with my writing at all. But he is so cute I’ll forgive him.

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