11 November 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012: The Lost Week (Days, uh, Five Through Ten?)

By Andreas Praefcke, via Wikimedia Commons

So, I've been writing. And there was that little blip in the middle of last week when I participated in Mina's Resurrection Blogfest, which was great. I am still making the rounds of people's entries, so if I haven't visited but you're on the linky list, I will see you sometime soon.

This year's NaNo isn't the frenzy that last year's was, but it is going well. Every time I write a novel length manuscript (and I've done five or six, I guess?) I feel like I'm getting closer to a real book. Last year's was an amazing bit of chaos, for which I still feel that I have to do some research to supplement what I wrote. (Seriously. I don't want to be irresponsible about stuff.) This year, my plan to go way more character-focused has paid off, not necessarily in terms of sky high word count, but most definitely in terms of feeling like I know what my next step will be, and writing with that in mind. 

I'm at the point now where my main character has to make the decision that will determine his fate for the rest of the story - or at least set the parameters for the rest of the story. Oh, and there's a nasty fellow whose eyes are sewn shut. Yup, we're still in the dark here. It's a good place to be.

Word Count: 25126


David Macaulay said...

wow 25,000 is quite a lenght for a manuscript. I haave never got so far until now but have failed miserably a lot. I am now up to almost 60,000 words and counting, so am hopeful of getting it to novel length

Libby said...

Character driven stories are hard to write, but I think they are well worth the effort!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

You're doing very well. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

It's all about the characters! My style of writing has always been character driven; this year's NaNo, I decided to tackle a series of inter-related short stories, never imagining that short stories are, well, short on characters...
It's been a challenge, but hopefully, like for you, the stretch will be worth it. For me, 41,000 and counting. Woooo. - Dawn