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NaNoWriMo '08

Yes, I'm doing NaNoWriMo again :) The madness that led to Ultimate Dream (published online) and Horizons and The Elevium Spies (manuscripts available by email to those interested) is happening again.

This time, I'm writing an alternotech western with flying chapels, and my main character is a robot builder!

And, 2 days in, I'm at 5804 words. Which is good, right? It's almost double what I'd need to have by this point if I was writing the 1667 per day I need to hit 50,000 words by November 30th.

It's certainly because of the fact that Rachael pointed out to me, that this November is a 5-weekend November: the month starts on a Saturday and ends on a Sunday, so we get five weekends' worth of writing time rather than 4. Rachael and I spend Saturday basically writing and doing very little else (except playing StepMania), and so we'd both hit 4000 words by the end of the day. (It also helped that I'd started writing at midnight and hit 1419 words by the time I went to bed on Saturday morning.)

However, this unprecedented (for me) prolificacy is accompanied by corresponding problems. Normally by the time I was on 5800 words, I'd have had several more days to plan where my novel's going. I'm feeling a bit underprepared to be this far ahead.

I know a number of things that my characters are going to do in the second half of the book, including what I believe will be the climactic scene. I've got backplot and twists ready to reveal. And I also knew before I started how the book would start[1]: what would be the Inciting Incident, and what needed to happen in the first five thousand words or so.

The problem is, I've written that first 5000 words, and I don't really know what comes between that and the aforementioned twists.

Oh well. I'm back at work tomorrow, which will give me some much-needed time for thinking and planning where on earth (or rather, not on earth) my characters will go next, and how to get to the second half of the story.

Rachael's hit a similar amount:
We've got a little Plot Bunny that we got given by the Cambridge WriMos last year, and we've said that whoever has the higher wordcount gets to have the Plot Bunny. The Bunny's been hopping back and forth quite a lot.

[1]: I'd decided my opening sentence before November started. The 21 words of it are cheekily included in the wordcounts above, because it'd just be fiddly to exclude them, but I'll be sure to hit at least 50021 by the end of November. The first sentence is:
My faith was dealt a critical blow on the day a preacher flew his church into town and killed my sister.



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Nov. 3rd, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
that's a classic opening line! sounds like an intriguing premise :D
Nov. 3rd, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
We've got a little Plot Bunny that we got given at the Cambridge NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Meet on Friday night
No, it's one of last year's; we got given it at the Thank God It's Over party last year. The ones from the kick-off meet this year are not to be taken home yet, and we'll incur the wrath of the Cambridge NaNo community if they think we took one.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)
Oops. Thanks. I've edited the post.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)

Does the robot builder make robots indistinguishable from prim and proper conservative Evangelical Christian church girls, so as to further imbalance the gender balance at churches and so ensure the long term failure of the church?

Nov. 3rd, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Well, given your extensive LJ stalking... maybe...
Nov. 4th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
Ok, this is beginning to get very strange :)
Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
I like the first line.
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