I’m happy to report that 5 days into National Novel Writing Month, I’m still alive! Last Friday, November 1st, I was really hoping to start out with an outline but it just didn’t happen. I usually don’t have a working outline until I’m a good quarter of the way into a novel so I wasn’t too worried. To help me stay on track, I wanted to calculate how many words I needed to hit each day in order to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month so I divided 50,000 words by 30 days and got 1666.666666666667. My first thought was “wow, that’s a whole lot of 6’s! Is this a sign of some sort? A bad sign?” But since I’m not a superstitious person, I shook off my initial alarm. More importantly, I was a tad relieved because reaching a quota of 1,667 words a day isn’t that much more than the 1,200 words that I would normally hit when knocking a novel out in the past. My next thought was, “This crazy endeavor might actually be doable!”
I’ve done really well logging in my daily words so far because my novel is practically writing itself at this point. I chalk it up to having been away from writing for so long and now that the flood gates have been opened, it’s all just rushing out in a torrent that I can barely keep up with. During the entire process of preparing my novel, Luminous, for publication and then promoting it on the internet, I kept thinking, “I’m so not cut out for this. All I want to do is get back to writing!” And now that I am writing again, I feel in my element again, no longer a fish out of water, or rather, a Psyne out of water.
Another reason the story is flowing well is that I’m writing the third book in the Psyne series so I know my characters really well and the plot is very organic, growing out of the cause and effect from Book 2 entitled, Prism. I commend those NaNoWriMos who are tackling a new novel with entirely new characters in it. I would be seriously struggling if that was the case because it can be a bit like pulling teeth when getting to know new characters. In my experience, new characters like to take their sweet time revealing themselves and their motivations. It can be downright frustrating under certain time constraints.
I’ll be sure to check in weekly to give you an update on how things are going. To my fellow WriMos, stay true to your own unique writing process and the words will come! You can do it!
This is my writing log for the first 5 days. Day #1: 2413, Day #2: 1947, Day #3: 1705, Day #4: 1768, Day #5: 1673