NaNoWriMo (day 5)

Writing Goal:     1667

Words Written:  2786

% of Goal:        167%

Wow, what a roller coaster of a day.  Because it’s Saturday, I had grand plans of getting a lot of my book read and then writing a ton.  As usual, life kept me busy throughout the day.  I did sit down to start writing earlier, though, and forced out 800 words or so.  I took a break and then got back after it a couple of hours later and finally got to 1250 words.

Now, so you know, even though the NaNoWriMo goal is 1667 words for a grand total of 50,000, I’ve decided to do 2500 a day and get 75000 on the month.  I was just under 50,000 words on my book when I started, and so I figure that 75k will put me at the 125k mark which is right about where I need to be (sorry for the repeat, but in case you missed it before. . . . )  But, I digress.

That first 1250 words today was like pulling teeth.  There was nothing particularly difficult about the scene I was writing other than I just had a hard time getting it out.  It’s amazing how difficult it can be to portray naturally scenes which play out so easily in our minds.  So, at the 1250 mark I went out and rested on the couch for a few minutes talking with my wife.  I had serious thoughts of giving up for the night.  I mean, c’mon, I have a cushion built up at this point.  I’m way ahead of where I should be a couple days from now, so a short day isn’t going to kill me.  But, I made myself a promise that I’d do at least 2500 a day.  So, I forced myself to get up and head back into my office.  It was literally an effort of sheer will.

I sat down and looked at my keyboard wondering how I was going to trudge out another 1250 words.  So, I started writing, and then it happened.

I’m what you call a discovery writer.  I don’t outline.  I don’t plan.  I just write and the story unfolds itself.  So, I get as excited as the next guy when something cool happens I wasn’t planning on.  That’s what happened here.  All of a sudden this really cool thing happened which led to another and another.  Before I knew it my 1250 words had more than doubled to 2786.  I finally had to stop to do some other things and decided that was a good stopping point for the night.  What’s really great is that one of the big ideas that unfolded itself is just screaming to be written down as soon as I open my laptop tomorrow.  I imagine that little scene will take up half of my entire allotment tomorrow.  And, from there, my story goes down a path I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time.  The next couple days of writing are going to be challenging but extremely fun.  I can’t wait.

I think I said this yesterday, but I’ll say it again.  Committing to do NaNoWriMo has been one of the best things for my writing that I’ve ever done.  it has forced me to get Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard (BICHOK – as the Writing Excuses guys like to say.  You can listen to that episode HERE).  By the time this month is over, I should have my first draft extremely close to completion.  That will be, as my son and I like to say, PURE RADNESS!

Well, there’s my update!


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