A bit more than a week into NaNoWriMo, and I’m at 22,184 words. The progress on my novel (You’re Next, a horror book) has felt really good.
However, the writing has slowed recently compared to the flurry of the first several days. Before NaNo began, I gave a lot of thought to the scenes I would hit first — since I was continuing a book that I started in October. So I had a clear idea where the story was going.
Now I’m in a murkier section. I still have thoughts as to what will happen next, but I’m feeling my way slower now. That not knowing very well makes for some excitement, as I’m discovering the story rather than knowing it all before-hand and simply fleshing it out.
But this kind of going also raises a lot of questions. I find that I’m typing notes as I write: What about these other things? If this is added here, then what needs to be changed before it happens? Is this scene too slow, and should I break it up by other chapters to give the point of view of other characters?
Of course, these questions were bound to come up. They do with stories, especially with the longer ones.
Which makes the editing/rewriting stage so important. Those questions need to be resolved, as I can imagine a reader asking them — and if the questions not handled, then the story feels like it has holes in it.
I’ll keep moving ahead, in the NaNo spirit, and of continuing the story. I like continuing it instead of stopping to edit it. Momentum is with me, and I’ll gratefully take it.
Here are a few sentences:
“Just stop, okay?” she asked. “We can’t do this. We can’t get all jokey and chop up everything in sight. We’ve got to think.”