Elvira and I are heading to the East Coast for Thanksgiving and to see the family for two weeks. Rupert, as you can see, has been preparing to defend the house in our absence. He hasn’t quite mastered the obstacle course we set up in the living room, but he’s no less fearsome for it.
In the last two weeks, my National Novel Writing Month project has amassed about 7000 words. That’s not quite up to where I should by by about 10K words. Also, I’ve hit a story snag and due to impending travel plans will be gracefully bowing out for the remainder of the month. But!
This is a good thing. I never intended to write 5oK words but instead wanted to challenge myself to put forth a concerted effort to just write. Anything. The process was the point and it worked. That 7K word chunk, while not quite the story I wanted, helped me break down the walls and work out the kinks in the ideas that have been clogging my brain. I have a solid revised idea for my next novel and wouldn’t have gotten there without the effort I put in, and the encouragement of the Nanowrimo community and my friends. Thanks everybody!
Now, from her eon out, I have a novel to write. Somewhere in the vicinity of 90K words. I’ll be working at a much more modest rate, aiming for 500 words a day, roughly 2500 a week. That should put me at completion of the first draft in about 9 months. When I return from vacation, I’ll start the word count and post updates on my progress, along with chapters, as a way for me to continue to work out the process of writing a novel and give those interested a look into the creative process. Should be fun!
I’ve added chapter 2 and a slightly revised chapter 1.
I tend to revise as I go, which I know I shouldn’t but do anyway. It’s the obsessive librarian tendencies creeping in.
Anyway, Simon’s world is getting stranger, which I like. The fun part is not knowing just where I’m going with this story. I have a vague half formed idea but it’s like driving through the fog: I can see a few feet in front of me but any further than that is hazy and indistinct. But it’s exciting too, because nay moment, I may hit a tree! Er. Or, just find something unexpected.
I’ve created a page for my National Novel Writing Month project, tentatively called Planet of Glass. (There’s a link at the top of the page, where it says NaNoWriMo). Chapter 1 is up and ready to read. I’ll add chapters as they’re finished. Let me know what you think!