17 November 2017

Update on NaNoWriMo

We are half-way through the month of November, and my word count for NaNoWriMo is 26,268. So, technically I could still write 50,000 words by November 30. As the days move forward and as my story develops, the probability of that happening gets smaller and smaller.

I received the edits for Incorruptible and Corruptible. So, I have been spending some of my writing time doing the last edit on my super-long third novel. Naturally, I want to move to the next phase and send it off to be formatted and then published. Book four will, therefore, be neglected, I'm sorry to say. But, that's how it has always been. Vocation was neglected when A Future Spring was published, and Incorruptible was neglected when Vocation was published.

I'm not going to say I won't write 50,000 words, but I will say I won't write 50,000 words just to do it. It has to be quality for me not quantity. And sometimes I just can't write 2,000 words in one day. Sometimes it is a 300- or 400-word day.

I can safely say that NaNoWriMo has been a success for me. I think I only took one day off from writing since November 1st. So I have developed better writing habits, and that has been my real goal from the beginning.

08 November 2017

NaNoWriMo Statistics

Here are my statistics as of today. I am still holding my own. No one is more surprised than I am. I give credit for my success, so far, to an amazing character who has a lot on his mind and loads of caffeine.

06 November 2017

Day Six of NaNoWriMo

Today is day six of NaNoWriMo. I'm actually surprising myself. My total word count is 11,268. That is pretty good for someone who doesn't write every day and usually writes one scene and doesn't touch the manuscript until the next scene is crystal clear in her mind.

However, as I suspected, I am beginning to lose my momentum because, to tell the story I want to tell, I need more scenes and more characters. Right now there is no way I will get a full-length novel out of the characters and scenes I have on deck. That's fine. That has happened in the past. You kind of have to search around until the right character in the right scene helps the story along.

However, when you are on a 30-day deadline, things are much different, and you can't sit and wait and think and ponder over your plot. You don't have time. So I have to decide. Do I shoot for the word count or shoot for the plot. I won't be able to do both.

If I shoot for the word count, I will have a full-length novel that won't be very good. That's okay, because afterward, I will have however long it takes to fix it.

If I shoot for the plot, I will have a good manuscript but lose the challenge. That's okay because I will have a working manuscript to improve, and when you get right down to it, it is about the writing, not the word count.

I am not a prolific writer. I have always been precise and to-the-point with my writing. In school whenever we were assigned a 10-page paper, I would always fall short. I would usually have all the main points, but not the pages. I would have to actually add words to meet the requirement, and I always thought that made my writing weak.

So I'm just not sure which I will choose--the word count or the plot.

There is one more unlikely scenario. Since this is my fourth book, I am a better writer. If I look at my first book and compare it to my third, there is a world of difference between the two. So there is a very slim chance that the plot will come out of this novel more quickly than it has in the past, just because I have more experience.

We will see. 

Yesterday while I was writing two plot twists developed. Now, I have more to play with. If that keeps happening, day after day, maybe the unlikely scenario will win out.