I just verified my novel with National Novel Writing Month and they told me I am a
I knew when starting NaNoWriMo that I would be a winner. It was not that I was ambitious. It was that I started out with a lot of data.
I KNEW that in the last two months, I had written 72013 words. Statistics make life more boring. However they do wonders for motivation.
That is what I learned from NaNoWriMo. What my previous track record showed me was that I would not only be guaranteed a NaNoWriMo victory. I could go further.
Which is what I did day 3. The third of November I decided to go for 100 000 words as my national novel writing month goal. I was inspired by two of my NaNo buddies, Jason Cantrell, and tiakall.
Their rapid progress made me think it possible to go for 100k. It was exciting. And a little bit scary. Could I do that? “Yep.” That’s the statistician within me. “Easy” my inner writer told me.
As writing got on, the first week went by, I’d caught up to my own par. The second week, I wrote a little more than 3334 words a day (4000), this pushed me ahead of the par.
The end of second week, I was challenged by one of my Facebook friends to write 10 000 words. So I wrote 11 000. This made me see an interesting thing. If I wrote 7400 words a day, I would reach 100k by the date you can validate!
7400 words a day, was split up into two 3.3k words 1 hour sessions. That doesn’t exactly make up 7400, in fact it doesn’t equate that at all! That said, my “week” went by as following: 4166, 6465, 6731, 7904, 6969
Total 32,235. Why write slightly above my daily minimum (4k) the first day? That day was a hard day to write. I had just written 11 thousand words in a day. It was a hard day to continue writing, but I did nonetheless.
Will I continue writing on my NaNoWriMo novel? Yeah, there are a few things I need to set up to make sure the novel is ready to go. (I need an ending that makes people want to read more, and I have one in mind)
Would I continue working on the novel? Yes, there are 43k words (Last 7 days, I was using Ilys.com, which is an ultra-minimalistic writing site.. Which spiked my WPM, however introduced 4-8% typoes…) I also need to make the story actually work. I had a story planned out. I had some setbacks (for the characters), and some issues the characters would work through.
However I felt things went too easy on them. Sure, the main character had a couple of mental breakdowns. But they were mostly outside his control. And he worked through them quickly to get back to the real world. As he did, he gained great powers. I have the sense that I have to get rid of some of that power. On the plus side, I am trying to write it as if we are reading his journals which is an interesting exercise.
This will tie up with another novel I am planning to write. Where the Main Character picks up this guys Journals and turns to a page at random. No, I do not at all want so fleshed out a bookverse that I can literally pick up the journals of important characters in the past and excerpt pieces in later books… (Yes, that was sarcasm. I do want this, which makes this NaNoWriMo more for the exercise of chunking up my writing into pieces called novels.)
Moral of the story? If you want to be able to write 100k+ words in 20 days you have to have some sort of plan. It can be as easy as a setting, some interesting characters and a zombie apocalypse, but I prefer something grander, something so huge, that it would take many 100k+ books to describe just a small skim of the possible stories.