12725 / 25000 words. 51% done!
Today I wrote 2,626 words (up from 10,099 words yesterday) and passed the halfway point for a half-assed NaNoWriMo goal of 25,000 words, or the one-quarter point for the full NaNo 50K. It’s starting to look more and more like the full 50,000 words is doable, but you never know. The big thing that I thought was going to cause all kind of havoc in November turned out to be nothing, which means that it’s just an ordinary month with a major holiday at the end of it.
I’m still in the very early stages of the story; in the last day or two it started to bog down a little, so I finished the early scenes with the Chief Protagonist and moved on scenes introducing to other point-of-view characters for a nice change of pace.
I haven’t gone for a run or gone to the gym since NaNo started, and I feel like a complete slug. I still don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow morning — I missed last Sunday’s long run, I don’t know about missing two in a row. Maybe I’ll take a shorter long run as a compromise. We’ll see.
Here’s an excerpt from today’s output:
As he fired up a five-dollar Rocky Patel, he heard the crackle of a patch of ice breaking behind him. “Hello, Felicia,” he said without turning around. “You’re getting clumsy in your old age.”
Try not to get too excited.
If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, you might want to give a listen to I Should Be Writing #135, which is all about NaNo, including interviews with pro authors and serious WriMos Nathan Lowell and David Niall Wilson, and NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty. Host Mur Lafferty is doing NaNo as well.
I just looked back through the archives and it took me exactly a month to get through the first 25,000 words of Meet the Larssons last year, as noted in this post. I’ve got to believe I can do better now than I did in the first month I started writing again, right?
Now, if you’ll excuse me, Chadicus looks like he’s trying to catch up to my word count. Can’t have that…
Good luck with your NaNo.
I’d definitely try to keep up with your exercise. I know for myself that my physical energy definitely affects my mental energy and vice versa.
Thanks for coming by, Scarlett. I decided to compromise on the exercise – I wrote for a while this morning, then went for a shorter-than-usual Sunday run. Worked out fine.
Good luck, and stick with it…seems like you’re doing pretty good, actually. I’ve been lucky enough to move my runs to lunch time while I’m at work, freeing up early morning and evenings..
Thanks for dropping by, David. I do better getting a little writing done over lunch and running in the morning, but I’ve been staying up too late, which makes it hard to get up early enough to run, and then I’m still wired in the evening, so I stay up too late…