36k+ words, nearly to the NaNoWriMo goal. Let start by saying, I believe more now than ever that the 50k in 30 days goal of NaNoWriMo is not an easy one to do. Some may look at my word count and think it was a breeze to get this far, and that it should be easy to knock out the last 14k after averaging 3,600 word/day… they would be wrong.
A lot went into accomplishing that 36k and I know I would not be able to have done it with out the support of my family. A writer can not accomplish the task of creating a story if they do not get support. Read Stephen King’s On Writing and you will see how through out his career his wife kept him going. And not just family, but the friends I have made on WordPress and the NaNoWriMo site, thank you all.
The other major factor in reaching this point has been fear. No, my wife didn’t threaten to kill me if I didn’t finish. The fear I am talking about is the fear of not finishing. I realized early in my plotting stage that 50k was not going to be enough to tell my story. I would need 100k or more. So I set an internal goal of doubling the word count. I want to finish my first draft in November so that I do not let the December holidays distract me from completing it.
So, all in all, the first 10 days of NaNoWriMo have been a success for me. It has also been a success for my family, as each of them are above the goal to reach 50k in 30 days, and I am so proud to see them doing it.
As for my story, I had a first yesterday, I skipped content. I was writing a scene between a love sick girl and her friend to give more emotion to my story, and it was killing my motivation. There was something about trying to write that scene that was causing my mind to go blank and I just couldn’t get the words out. So I skipped it. I went on to describe the assassin’s plan and the words starting moving like a flood gate was opened.
Eventually I will need to go back and finished the scene I skipped. It really is needed because it sets up tension of a love triangle. It also sets up getting my blacksmith into rescuer mode. But for now, I will continue on with the story and worry about filling that in later. Have you skipped content in order to keep your momentum?
I hope everyone is having fun. If your story is getting a little overwhelming, take a break. Go out and smell the fresh air. Then, once your energy is restored, let that story flow out, and smile the whole time.
Until next time…