Nanowrimo Week Two Update
Novel Writing Month is in full swing, and I am still where I need to be.
I’m currently up to just over 20,000 words. The Nano site’s projection have me reaching 50,000 by November 25. I only pay casual attention to that projection, though. One, because things can fluctuate greatly any given day. And two, because I’m going for novel completion, not just 50,000 words written.
But the plot is moving along better than I thought it might so far. I have a long way to go, and I’m sure there are many knots left to untangle. I have, however, been able to reveal some main plot points in less time than I thought I could. For example, at 20,000 words I have introduced everyone, set the scene, left several clues and allowed the dead body to be discovered.
As I write any given scene, new chances to present clues to the crime reveal themselves. That has happened so often in fact that I’ve set aside a notebook to write them down in as they come. It’s almost like a reverse outlining process; major points come up as I write, to be referred to later. I don’t have all the answers yet, but I can tell you a rough shape of the crime and its eventual solving is starting to form. It’s still back in the shadows, but I can see it, and I didn’t think I’d be able to this early on. Here’e hoping that success continues.
The big update for today is about my first ever Nanowrimo write-in! Last Tuesday, I and about 13 other writers gathered at the local library with our laptops and began working on our projects. I’ve never done that before, but I’m glad I did. It was a great time.
At first I thought I’d be too uneasy writing in front of others. (I’d never done that before, either.) But as the group got under way, and the staccato clicking of a dozen people typing on keyboards filled the cozy conference room, I came to realize how useful such a setting could be.
For while I didn’t write as fast, or as consistently as I do at home, I did manage to get just about as many words down during the session as I do during a session at home. I think the main reason is that I was there to write, as was everyone else. So there were no distractions, like there are at home sometimes. I could either sit there and do nothing at all, (pointless), I could get up and leave, (impossible, as I was the substitute moderator that day), or I could embrace the time and the mood and just write. I took some breaks here and there and just listened to everyone else typing, but I quickly got back to what I was doing, and before I knew it had the lion’s share of a chapter done.
I didn’t do well in the two word wars we had. I didn’t think I would, though, I am a bit more like an active marathoner than a sprinter when it comes to such things as this anyway. But the key is to write, and I did.
I also met several new people, which is nice. It’s not often one can meet other people with similar interests just by showing up at a conference room and writing. I mean writing isn’t like hiking, where there is a group and you meet people on your way. It’s generally a pretty solitary endeavor. But in the few minutes before we go started, we all chatted a bit, and that was a nice way to get started. I look forward to the next write in, which is tomorrow evening in the same place. (So quiet, with nice chairs. I wish I could have my regular writer’s meeting in there instead of the noisy, crowded coffee shop, but the library isn’t open late enough.)
That’s where I am with Nano for now. I’m trying not to think too much about the complications lying in wait for me in the next few chapters in my novel. But perhaps by the time I get to them, they won’t be as complicated as I fear now.
How’s your novel going?