Day 18 – Anybody out there?

Well.  I sort of fell off the blogging world.  Sorry about that.  I have no excuses other than (a) I went on vacation, and (b) I’ve been deep in NaNoWriMo.

It’s Day 18 of NaNoWriMo, and my word count is 37,588.  Pretty good!  I’m proud of myself for getting beyond the minimum word count goal.  That’s the good news.  The bad (?) news is that I’m almost at 40K, and I don’t think I’ve hit the halfway point of my story yet.  I think I’ll definitely be able to hit 50K and “win” NaNoWriMo, but I’m not sure I’ll actually finish the project by the end of November.  That bums me out a little bit.

I did a very rough outline before this month started, and damn, did it help.  Last year I was just sort of floating around in my mind, thinking, “Welllll, now what will happen?”  I never thought outlining would be my thing, but it’s kept me on track.  Plus I’m using Scrivener, which is amazing.  It allows you to write non-linearly, which, again, was never my style, but it’s helped me so much this month.  When I get fed up with one of my two main characters, I just switch to the other one.

I’ve found some surprises this time around.  The basic set-up of my story is that part 1 includes setting up the two MCs, and weird stuff starts happening to them.  In part 2, the MCs unite and end up traveling to the other world.  I haven’t even really hit part 2 yet.  I don’t even know what’s going to happen (for sure) when they get the other world.  This could be a very long project.  I didn’t think it would take me so long to set the characters up, but it turned out that there was a lot that I wanted the reader to know about them before they really embarked on this adventure.  Plus, writing the weird/creepy stuff is fun, so I threw more of that in that I expected.  I also have one secondary character who I wanted to have a bigger role, but he’s turned out to be useless.  In contrast, a secondary character who was going to disappear fairly quickly is actually going to be a critical link.

So, in short – NaNo is awesome, and I like my story, but it’s going to be more of an endeavor than I thought.

Hope all of you participating in NaNo are having a great time!  What have been your accomplishments and challenges?

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