It’s day fifteen of NaNoWriMo, which is the half way point. Do you know what’s cool? I reached 40,000 words! Which means that if I keep going at the rate I’ve been going, my novel could be 80,000 words by the time NaNo is over. However, I know for a fact I can’t sustain the story for that long. My pace has slowed down lately, but that’s okay, I’m quite ahead on my word count, so if I don’t write 3,000 words a day I’ll be more than okay.
At this half way point, I want to look at how far I’ve come.
Before Day 15
When I started this project, I was well prepared. I started getting ready for this year’s NaNoWriMo at the end of June. Why, you may ask? Because I knew I was going to have a busy summer, and I would need to get some stuff out of the way. So, I started thinking of story ideas. I had a few different plots I was playing with in my head, and eventually I got it down to one story. I started forming how things would work, but then, after a few weeks of planning stuff out in my head, a completely different story, Written in Silence, dropped in my lap. I switched gears and began to form that one instead. I may save the other plot for next year if it still holds up by then.
I started to write up my character profiles for Dianna and Michael, developing New America, and how the world works in the setting the story takes place in. Then I created a timeline of events, that I would add or take away from as I saw fit. I knew that I wanted to be well prepared, so I did as much as I could. This way, come November 1st, all I had to do was sit down to write it.
When day one hit, I felt like I was about as prepared as I could have been, and it made starting the story a little easier. I highly recommend preparing for NaNo. I started to use my timeline of events as a basic guide on where to bring the story, kind of like landmarks, and I filled all of the stuff in between.
After Day 15
Well, now that I’m at the half way point and looking back, my story has changed a bit. Not the plot, that’s always been the same, but my characters have been altered a bit. As I wrote, they just came to life and are now slightly different people. The setting also changed a bit, New America became a very different place than when I started. And even my timeline of events changed a little. The point is, I didn’t keep things to a strict and ridged format, I let the story grow and change as I wrote. Kind of cool!
It’s funny how much has changed in my story if you compare it to my notes from before NaNo started this year, and I must say, I like what it’s become. Written in Silence was, and still is, a challenge for me, but I’ve been enjoying every minute of it.
Current word count for Written in Silence: 41,898/50,000!
Andrew Ronzino, a Jedi