Nanowrimo Update 3

It’s past the halfway mark of Nanowrimo 2013. I’m happy to report I am still on pace, as of now. There were a couple of nights I felt a bit too tired to write, but I pushed through and got it done. I even got done my largest section of writing in one sitting a few days ago. Almost 3,000 words. Not bad.

Also went to the second write-in. That went well, but not as well as the first one. My laptop was acting up, and it took about 30 minutes before everything was fixed. Or “fixed” as it seemed more random than anything else. As a result I not only was a bit distracted, but I had less time in which to write. I still got to the daily quota, but it was rougher seas that time. Hopefully tomorrow, during the penultimate write-in, things will go more smoothly.

I also hope the plot will run smoothly. I am not in the midst of the investigation of the murder mystery within the novel. The last two sessions therefore have felt a tad unstable. I believe I’ve foreshadowed most of the clues to the crime, it’s just a matter of creating a sensible narrative to reveal them. It’s this aspect that has felt a bit shaky the last few days. I’ve taken a slight curve in order to address some of those issue, but I think I am headed back to the main highway now. I still think this will present the biggest challenge of the entire exercise, this long middle of clue revealing. I see a few small pitfalls already. But just today I came up with a patch that may help some of it run more smoothly for a while.

Less than two weeks. I’m up to 32,000 words or so, therefore word count is in the bag, all things being equal. I will have to pour on the coal to finish the story, however. But I’ve already moved several things at a faster pace than normal for me. It feels a bit odd at times, but I feel I can do it again to get the story done.

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