I could not be more thrilled.
I had my doubts about NaNoWriMo this year.
I don’t tend to do well without a plan.
The only other year I tried that, I floundered starting day three and had to write 22K in 2 days to make it to 50K and I failed to finish the actual story.
My first success I had a full outline and a good story.
This year? No outline, more than a couple of sentences jotted down on the proverbial napkin.
I had my doubts.
But on the plus side…SPACE PIRATES.
Who can go wrong with Space Pirates? I mean c’mon!
So how’s it going so far?
My aim this year is not just to succeed and reach 50K. Reaching 50K is not something I have many doubts about. What I do want to do is jump start my writing routine, so beyond the 50K here’s what I’m shooting for:
- Consistent writing: This year, I’m trying to make the quota every single day (usually my output for NaNo is erratic. I’ll skip 2-3 days and then put in a 10K day. This is something I’m trying to avoid.)
- Finish the novel: I won’t finish this story in 50K. I need to keep going to at least 90K.
- Go Beyond 50K: Beyond making quota daily, my goal is that on Dec 1st, I make quota again and keep making quota. The idea here is that 1600 or so words a day is a professional level of word count and that’s what I want my output to be.
So far, seven days in. It’s going swimmingly.
The story feels good. I don’t need much of an outline. I have some waypoints to hit and so far it’s working well. I don’t know the characters but they seem to just pop off the page at me.
I know how this part of the story ends.
This is what it feels like to be in the zone.
(Oh and this is post 150, which is kinda cool. Seems like I should have done something more epic but it’s all good.)