We’re halfway to the end of National Novel Writing Month!
Which is different than halfway to the goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month. Through reading other writers’ blogs and tweets, I’ve discovered some have gotten halfway in the word count several days ago. Hell, I even congratulated one writer on Twitter for already finishing 50K words! (Sorry, I can’t remember their name.)
I want to cheer on all of us writers still cranking away at our stories with our eyes toward that goal. Keep going! Just keep calm and write like mad 🙂
Ah, but on some days, that’s not so easy.
I found that taking off a day really helped me. It gave me a chance to regroup and think about my book so far (a horror novel, titled You’re Next) and ponder the scenes to come next. Before NaNoWriMo started, I had a sharp vision of the first scenes to continue the story from October, and then a loose idea of scenes deeper into the story. The writing went much quicker in the beginning, until I went from sharp ideas to the loose ones. But taking a day off and not stressing about meeting the daily goal of 1,667 words was good for me.
I’ve written 31,424 words for NaNo. The writing has felt mostly good, with some days that moved much slower than others, as I slogged through the story. But that’s normal, not just during NaNo. I figure the idea is to keep pushing forward, and NaNo is great for inspiring that momentum, to keep writing and save the editing for December. When I’m not eating Christmas cookies, that is.
Here are a few sentences from my story:
“No!” Bilibin roared as he laughed. “Farkas not vampire!” He grinned down at the wolf, ruffling the beast’s neck with his hand — another affectionate gesture. “You vampire, Farkas?”
The wolf merely sat down and looked up at the man curiously.
Evina pressed on: “What about a werewolf? Is that a werewolf?”
More laughter, but this time it wasn’t as hearty. “No,” the man said. “Just wolf. No were.”
Best wishes to all the writers, those taking part in NaNoWriMo, and those that aren’t!