My first NaNoWriMo weekend started off with a bang: I banged out 6,314 words. What helped me was that I started this story in October and had stopped writing at an intense scene. So when I picked the story back up on November 1, I was able to hit the ground running.
A short bit from that first day’s writing:
She gripped the broken table legs tighter. Her heart heaved like a little tawny rabbit she’d held in her hands once when she was a kid.
Follow the rabbit, follow the rabbit.
Okay, so maybe repeating those last 3 words was cheating for the word count. But to me, it fit with the crazed, desperate feeling my main character (Evina) was having in the scene. If I end November with exactly 50,000 words, you can get after me for trying to game the system. 🙂 But I don’t typically repeat phrases like this.
This week poses the challenge of working my writing into my schedule with my day job. I’m sure I can carve out time here and there to fit in some writing. Early mornings and evenings will probably work out.
Also, the story is heading away from that intense scene. I found my writing yesterday rushing toward the next intense scene. So this morning, I broke some advice I’ve read about NaNo: don’t edit. Yes, I confess that I went back and edited my writing from yesterday. I wanted to give Evina (and the reader) more of a break between those intense scenes. Take a moment to catch their breaths. Besides, it was a nice opportunity to fill out more of Evina’s background. It adds some depth to her, rather than have mostly action. (The novel is in the horror/thriller genre, by the way.) But the nice thing about adding more background to yesterday’s writing was that it also added more words, rather than chopping them up.
Best wishes to all the writers!