I passed the NaNo halfway mark this morning. What began as another slow start ended in a mad race for me to wrap up a scene before 7am rolled around and before I knew it, I found I’d finished the day with 2,562 words. It’s my second best day so far and it brings my 11-day total to 26,215 words. I’ve passed 25,000 words which marks the halfway point for NaNoWriMo. And I’ve done so on November 11, 4 days ahead of schedule. Indeed, I could now skip 4 days this month and still finish on schedule. But, of course, I don’t plan on skipping. And besides, my own goal is to hit 90,000 words by December 15. At my present pace, I’ll hit 50,000 words in 10 days, on November 21. Assuming I maintain my same average of about 2,300 words/day, I’ll hit 90,000 words on December 8. That is an entire week ahead of schedule. It may not work out quite that well. I’ll be in New York for a few days later this month and I may not be able to get in as much writing on those days. And then there’s Thanksgiving, and I may be forced to take a break there as well. But my goal of 90,000 words by December 15 is still well in sight.
I wrote 2 scenes this morning. The first needs a lot of work, but I did my usual and added plenty of notes and comments to the scene as to what needs work, rather than rewriting what I wrote this morning. The second scene was actually a drop-in chapter, inserted between the original chapter 10 and 11. I wrote this scene in a completely different style. The scene itself is a talk-show interview of a Senator opposing an issue that is central to the plot of the novel. The Senator is on the talk show in order to clarify her point. I had a ton of fun writing the scene, the banter between the Senator and the host, the political avoidance of the Senator’s answers to questions, but most of all, making a compelling argument for the opposition, that sets up the tension for the second part of the novel (which I think I will get to on Sunday or Monday).
I went over my allotted time morning, which is why there was a delay in getting this post out. (As soon as I finished writing, I dashed upstairs, gave Zach and Kelly kisses and hugs, jumped in the shower, dressed and rushed off to work. Fortunately, Veterans Day in the metro-DC area means no traffic.)
And I’ve come within 400 words of my Arlington Writers Group colleague, Pam, who still has a small lead. It might not stay that way for long, unless she comes through with another 3,000 word day today.
There was another post last night from another NaNo naysayer. But there was also a post from Mary Robinette Kowal, the current Vice President of SFWA, talking about how her first published novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, was a NaNo novel. I’m not sure I understand what the naysayers are so upset about. Do they feel threatened in some way? How does doing NaNoWriMo hurt them, or anyone for that matter?
Here are the stats for today: