I did start to slow down a bit later in the week but the sprints that began it paid off.
Running Total: 53,053 words
I recall writing about my experiences in Toronto last month–has it only been a month?–and something in particular struck a chord with me precisely because it struck a chord with me.
The stars must have aligned beyond the clouds on that mid morning Friday. We were on the highway and I could see the CN Tower pierce through the horizon. The landmark came into view along with the rest of the Toronto skyline and I was overcome with emotion. Nostalgia, happiness, and excitement swirled in my head.
By yesterday’s count and indicator on my handy-dandy NaNoWriMo widget, I’m at 77% of the 50K word count goal. I plan on writing at least another 20K after that so I think I’m at a good pace with the story. Aside from the previous murder victims, no new bodies have turned up but there’s still time. 🙂
So here we are at the halfway mark, the midpoint, if you will, of our November writerly effort.
Remember when we were told that writing is a marathon, not a sprint? Nothing was truer than when drafting Act Two. That’s not to say I’m in SlumpsVille. I think once I got the action going, it allowed me to explore each character’s motivations at that particular moment in the story and whether or not those motivations were worthy to be showcased. Subplots aplenty.
I’ve read that we’re supposed to give our characters a hard time and/or come up with the worst possible scenarios for them AND put them through it. I love my characters and there’s something oddly satisfying when they’re put through the literary wringer. I’m not a sadist. It’s clear that as a writer I’m definitely a masochist, but amping up the tension and conflict is as exciting for me to write as I hope it will be for others to read. 🙂