With my NaNoWriMo novel now at the 38,295 mark, I have noticed:
…that, at this stage of the novel, I have been spending more time with my supporting cast than I have with my main character.
And I know why, too. Logan starts the story as a normal college athlete, and has bad and strange things are happen to him as the story moves along (not to mention that he is doing bad and strange things to others that he is currently not aware he’s doing). With my supporting cast, however, they were created as ‘abnormal’ from the start, so I can have fun with them right away. Of course, I’m just now getting to the part where Logan’s experiences start overlapping with everyone else’s, and, so far, it’s been a mind trip to work on. Logan and I are going to see a lot of each other the next few days…whether he likes it or not.
…I’m spending way too much time concerned that some people might feel I’m cheating.
One of the NaNoWriMo rules prohibits editing. Yet, if you look through my notebook, you will see arrows and revision marks and alternate passages on almost every page. All of these mark-ups will remind me of what I really want the manuscript to read like when it comes time to type it out. Are these additional—obviously, second thought—marks a form of cheating? Depends on who you ask. But, the more I obsess over that point, the less fun I have with this entire experience…and, of course, the less writing I get done. Perhaps, it will appease those who would claim I’m cheating by mentioning that I don’t include the edit notes and alternate passages in the official work count…unless they’re really good.
…that I will probably run out of time.
If you look at my stats (I’ve approximately 1,600 words over the pace that will get me to 50K words by the end of November), you might think I’ll make it without a problem…just keep my normal pace, you might suggest. And that’s where the problem lies: my ability to keep my current pace. I will be starting a new job soon, which will eat up much of my usual writing time until I can adjust to the new schedule. Also, I’m working most of Thanxgiving Day and well into that night, so I’m expecting I will not get any NaNoWriMo writing done that day. And, most potentially disruptive yet…I might have to go out of town at the end of the month for an extended period of time, meaning I might not have an opportunity to do much of anything writing-related. Stay tuned to these sagas.
…that I have no idea where this story is going to end up.
This is strange for me. With one or two exceptions over the years, I usually start the actual writing process of a story already knowing where it will end up. But, with this NaNoWriMo novel, I’m writing what comes to mind, barely following the anorexic order of events I never actually completed, making new story arcs up as I go. But, before I allow this unknown-ness to bother me, I remind myself that my main reason for participating in NaNoWriMo in the first place was to learn and experience a new way of writing. I‘d say I’ve accomplished this.
Now, if you will excuse me, I’ve barely written 200 words today, so I’m going to get back to it.