Its been 10 days since I started participating in NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month, and I felt like I should probably post an update.
So, what’s happened?
Well the first week or so I spent thinking about a plot line and creating reference material. I know you’re supposed to just sit down and write, but I’ve found that I can’t aimlessly write about people without first having an idea of the situation they are in and what’s about to happen to them (or, dare I say, what I am about to put them through). In retrospect, had I known about NaNoWriMo before the start date of November 1st, I would have spent at least the last week of October working on this kind of stuff.
By the end of the first week of November, I knew at a high level who I wanted to write about, where I wanted the story to take place, and where it would go. And with that in mind, I began writing.
With my schedule the way it is, it was difficult to find the time to write, but I quickly started an old habit up, and now find myself writing while on the metro, during my 30 minute commute to and from work.
I write on my cell phone – a 1½ Nexus One – and am now able to write between 600 and 700 words per ride (which is about 30 minutes long). The quality of the language isn’t that great (a lot of typos), and delving into character development is not easily done while navigating through masses of people changing trains, but I’ve managed so far to move the story along to the point where I feel it is about half way done, which is both great and disappointing.
Its great in that I have moved the story forward into unknown territory, and every time I write I learn something new about the story I didn’t know before. And it’s disappointing in that, with a goal of 50,000 words, and half of the story written, I only have 3,375 words so far.
Eeeek! 3,375 words…! That’s only 6% of the goal!
When I re-read my writing, its obvious where all the words have gone, they’ve disappeared in the cracks of the story while I try to hammer out the plot as quickly as possible before we arrive at the next metro stop and I have to hop off.
So, I’ve no doubt that by the end of next week I’ll have a good story, but at possibly 15k to 20k words, odds are there will be a lot of reviewing and rewriting before I can get to 50,000 words!
To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, “To write is to write is to write is to write is to …”
You get the picture!
For anyone interested, here are my latest stats: