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Wait, it’s only November 5. Day 5 of National Novel Writing Month. Am I actually saying I’m halfway done already?
Yes, and no, and no.
So far I have, in fact, written 26,236 words of my new WIP, “Heart in a Box.” So that’s a big fat YES.
But here’s the “no” part. I mapped out my schedule for the month, and I only have 14 full writing days and 4 partial writing days to get the whole thing written. I will be busy with specific work deadlines, plus a vacation (previously planned) to wine country with a friend of mine for ten days in the middle of the month, from Day 7 to Day 16. Par word count for Day 16 is 26,666. In other words, if I don’t write a few hundred more words today and tomorrow, I will actually be behind when I return from my writing hiatus.
However, if I can resume the pace I’ve had so far on the remaining writing days I’ll have, I expect to be ordering that super-cool 2017 Winner t-shirt on December 1, woo hoo!
Word count breakdown:
- Day 1: 6,772
- Day 2: 2,561 (partial day)
- Day 3: 5,103
- Day 4: 7,220
- Day 5: 4,580 (so far)
Not so shabby, if I do say so myself. 😀
And here’s the other “no” part. I’ve already totally messed up my plot structure. I’m still following the outline, mostly. The problem is that the place that I thought was going to be the big plot point that transitions into Act 2 is still many, many chapters away, and I’m already at 26K, which is past the 25% mark of any normal-length book. The main problem is that it just took a lot longer to cover what looked like a short bit on the outline. For instance, here’s the first plot point I have on my outline:
Dar’s father’s funeral
Dar becomes jayanta, Dar’s new “normal”, frustrations and conflicts, problems with mother
It took 9,000 words to cover that first point. It took almost 16,000 words to cover the next plot point in the outline. There are FOUR MORE PAGES of such points.
So either I’ve already transitioned into Act 2 without knowing it, or my Act 1 is ridiculously long, or I’m accidentally discovering some Five or Six Act structure.
I know I write “long” so I’m sure I’ll be able to trim words once I go back and edit. But consider that I have almost no description included so far — it’s all action and dialogue and the main character’s thought process — so I’ll have to add a lot of words to round out the setting and character description.
Nope, I’m afraid something more drastic will be needed. But in the meantime, I’m forging ahead and continuing with the story “outline” that I have. And we’ll see what we get at the ending.
However, it seems that 50,000 words isn’t going to get me halfway through this novel, not by a long shot…
Are you working on NaNoWriMo? How are you doing? Good luck to one and all!