When one participates in a NaNoWriMo event, there occurs an inevitable falling out. The real life social events, the social networks, that one side project– it all falls prey to that monster that is efficient time management. The first thing to go, however, is the blog.
The reasoning is simple. In writing these 800 word posts, you suddenly realize that all those words could have been included in your novel– with the same time you just used to write a blog post, you could have gotten halfway to your daily goal. What’s the point of blogging if it only takes away from your novel progress? And the blog goes down the tubes for a month.
Luckily, I have stocked up on form posts for you– simply cut and paste the Phil Phorce into the blog and post it, and the blog is saved from dust and decay. Unfortunately, that means all you get, as the aforementioned followers, are silly fiction posts, which is not my normal helpful stuff. At least, I hope I seem helpful sometimes.
But now, with something like a seven-day buffer between me and my daily wordcount target, I can spare some time for you, my special followers. Somehow, I seem to have nearly 2000 of you, and I have no idea what you’re all doing, wasting your time on me.
NaNoWriMo (for it indeed occupies the thoughts of most of my waking hours) is going extremely well. As you can see from the wordcount meter on the right, my novel is humming along at thirty thousand words on only the fifth day of existence. By the end of the day I hope to add to that number, but for now, it remains. As you can also see, my goal is not fifty thousand words, as most people do– I’m shooting for one hundred thousand words this year, on the grounds that it took me six thousand words to write an action scene, and twenty-five thousand words to actually get to the plot I had wanted to get to. If that doesn’t seem like epic fantasy, I don’t know what does.
The plot is spectacular. It came together from nowhere just before the month started, and I love it. I’m now in the second act, so I’m struggling to keep it interesting (and to keep myself from doing thousand-word worldbuilding exposition scenes), but it’s still going strong. I’m planning a train robbery for the near future, which will definitely prove interesting.
The word war chatroom (see post “Word War Chatroom” on the sidebar) is humming along. We haven’t gotten more than ten people in it yet, which means that I don’t have to make a new one– that’s good. However, we’ve had lots and lots and lots of words written in there, and many Les Miserables songs sung besides. I credit it completely for my thirty thousand words.
Have I mentioned that I’ve got thirty thousand words? (I’m ridiculously proud of this. I’ll have to take a break sometime, but at this point I’ll just keep writing.)
And now, with this blog post getting over 500 words, I shall bring it to a close to keep my novel from becoming jealous. How are your NaNoWriMos going?