Oi, what a day. Write, write, write. That’s about all I did today. Not that I’m complaining, but anyone who says writers don’t work needs a good hard slap to the groin with a metal studded sap.
If you are writing, and you’re writing well, you are working your butt off. If you say we aren’t, then I gotta say, “What you doin’ that’s creative, punk? And, no: surfing for porn doesn’t count.”
Last night when I went off to bed my NaNo Novel was sitting at just a tick over 7600 words. It had been a hard day yesterday, but today–as I blogged about earlier in the day–I seemed to have a renewed vigor. I thought things out; I “talked out” scenes between characters. And I wrote.
My intention was to get to 10,000 words and be happy. Well, I did, but it happened in the middle of a long run where I was really getting into this chapter. And when I was finished with that I checked my work count and, hey: I was sitting right around 10,500 words.
Now, the way my mind works, it wasn’t so much I was 500 words over my goal, but I was 500 away from 11,000 words. I just having to jump off that cliff and go “one more”, I got into Scrivener–which I am using to do my whole novel–set my eyes on 11,000.
And this new chapter . . . it was flowing. It’s the part where the main characters realize something’s not right, and there are big reveals everywhere. The conversation was going back and forth at a tremendous rate–
And when I finally decided to call it a night, I checked my word count . . . and I’d top 12,000 words, with almost a couple of hundred thrown in for good measure. It’s what I’d call not only jumping off the cliff: it was pretty much like hopping in a Bugatti Veyron, getting it up to 200 mph, and going all Thelma and Louise on the sucker.
It was a great feeling.
Of course, with 15,000 in sight, I gotta go for that. Not only that, but I have only the current chapter I’m working on and two more, and I’m done with Part One of the novel. (I know this because I have my novel set up into three different parts. Yeah, I did some prep work before I began.) Part Two is where things start to pull together before it all goes to hell in Part Three, and I should make for some interesting character development. The only thing I might have a problem with is that I have to figure out how to adjust the current reveal with what I was going to do, but as I’m writing this just now . . . yeah, I know what to do.
I’m really good that way.
I’m having a lot of fun with NaNoWriMo, but right now it’s not my goal to get to 50,000 words: that I know I’ll do. It’s to finish this novel and get to editing the beast, then get it published. Because I have it on good authority that what I’ve got is a real winner.
And the person who told me that . . . lets just say I trust them.