As of last night, I’m about 45% of the way through the draft, though not without some changes to the game plan. I have a boatload of notes on stuff I want to change while I keep writing forward. I’ve done my best not to go back and edit as I draft. I don’t want to taint the established word counts and I know it will also leave me piddling around when I should be producing more story.
It’s nice to get the words out with more ease again. There were a few days last week when the digits (phalangeal, not word count) wouldn’t budge or when they did, they were uncooperative. That sensation is gone and I’m chugging ahead.
One week in and I’ve already surprised myself with my characters–twice. That’s a good thing, but it also means I have to rework my outline. I found an interesting way of revealing my killer in the story and it’s definitely not the person I originally intended for the part. Oooh, I love whodunits, especially if I, as the author, am still trying to figure that out myself!
I’m glad I got higher numbers in the first few days because today, as much as I wanted to get the words out, my brain kept freezing up. It’s like when the TV remote is stuck and the channels keep changing at random. All the scenes of the story flash in my brain faster than I can process and type. So much story is exhausting sometimes.
I suppose it’s a good idea to look at fresh words (and not written by me) to reboot my creative mojo. Good thing I have plenty to choose from my endless TBR list.
Go #Fire_Divas! My Entangled team is doing well. I’m also back checking in with #wipmadness. Everyone’s plugging away this November. 🙂
It feels good to finally get those scenes I’ve been running through my head onto the screen. I’m definitely continuing my non-linear approach to drafting but I’ll continue checking my outline to make sure I don’t go off on a tangent I can’t rescue myself from later. Plot holes can only be filled so much.
Every day in November, I’m working on a thriller with romantic elements (as part of the Entangled requirements) entitled Greatest Hits. 50K is the goal, but I’m really aiming for around 80K which is more in the avenue of my chosen genre.
This week and for the next five on FRIDAY FORAGE we talk NaNoWriMo. We also get tangled in the Entangled Smackdown over at SavvyAuthors. I’ll be posting weekly updates on my word hoarding–or how I just typed it at this late hour–woarding. I like it.