Day 15, words: 34,055
Overall things have been going well. As you can see above, I hit the 25,000 word mark on Day 11, and will probably hit 50,000 words next week. I’ll definitely be finishing the month at over 50,000 words but won’t be touching 100,000 like last year which is fine. I started rewriting before November 1st, and there are chapters and scenes from my first draft that are written that can go into this one. There’s been several instances that I’ve typed, ‘use one part’ or ‘use prior dialogue’.
I wouldn’t say that everything I’ve written is high quality. While it started out that way, a lot it has turned into quick scene summaries or ‘word vomit’, covering the basics of the scene, why it’s important, and how characters are feeling and detailing why/how they’re reacting to what’s going on. In those cases I need to go back and add more detail for the scene, name characters, or go back and set it up properly. Editing all of those sections will be a pain, but it’s worth it because I managed to push through it and onto the next part in the story.
I also downloaded the free trial of Scrivener. I’ve used Microsoft Word for writing for years, but heard so much about Scrivener so decided to give it a try. I can definitely see myself using it a lot more in the future, especially while editing. It’s much more convenient to have my random notes and story all in one place versus flipping through my notebooks trying to find whatever it is I’m looking for.
That’s all for now. I’ll post a final NaNo update at the end of the month including my total word count, what’s next for me, and final thoughts on NaNo.
— Kay S. Beckett