#NaNoWriMo 2015 – Doing Well and Falling Behind

So I’m still working on NaNoWriMo, and I seem to have settled into the pattern of 5,000 words every few days rather than 1,667 per day. It suits me better. I can write 5,000 words on a topic, but then I need to pick a new part of the story and think about it for a couple of days before I’m ready to write again.

At the moment, I’m on 20,077 words (with a target of 3,229 more to write tonight). That means that, at one and the same time, I’m a bit behind at this stage of November and also that I’m way further than I ever secretly thought I’d get.

Basically, I’m worried and thrilled at the same time.

The whole process isn’t at all what I thought it would be. I had an image in my head of planning out the novel in advance, then sitting down and writing, from the beginning, 1700 words per day until I got to the end.¬†Instead, I’ve put the basic structure in place in Scrivener, and I’m jumping around randomly between different parts of the story working on whatever inspires me at the moment for 2,500 or 5,000 words then taking a break and picking a new section.

I also thought I had the novel well planned out, until I started trying to write it. The overall structure is there, but there’s so much I don’t know! I’d assumed that I’d write a first draft in November, then have to edit and extended it a bit in a Camp NaNoWriMo before it was finished. Now I’m thinking at least five iterations. After I’ve finished this November, I’ll have a good attempt done and know where I’m missing info and detail. Then I’ll have to restructure some bits and fill in plot holes. Then look up more information where I just didn’t know enough. Then do a review to make sure that I’ve treated my important themes consistently. Each of those might need to be done more than once. And then, only then, will I actually be ready to start tackling whether the writing itself needs fixing.

I’m working on quite an ambitious project, but it’s a story I really. really want to tell. My previous attempt at NaNoWriMo (6,830 words) was a more “sensible” attempt to tackle a story that I could finish in NaNoWriMo – but I just got bored and ran out of ideas. This time, I’m overflowing with ideas, I just have to find out a way to get them onto paper (well, computer, but you know what I mean).

As you can probably tell from all of the above – I’m loving this! I’m so glad I’ve committed to it this year. Now I’d better stop writing this and get back to it! Ciao until next time.

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