It’s November 15, and you know what that means? We’re half-finished with the annual National Novel Writing Month challenge. It’s my first year participating since 2008, and it’s time for me to take a step back and evaluate my progress so far.
So what is your progress so far?
Word Count: 25,016
Chapter Count: 12 completed, 13 in progress
And your progress as a writer?
This is the big question. I’m convinced this year’s NaNoWriMo project – while not my first – has massively affected my style of writing, at least in terms of how I look at a plot. While I do like having a base to build on – my outline – I’ve really learned about just letting things happen. I do have a tendency to overplan, especially when it comes to the conflict portion, and that leaves little space for character development.
This novel has done plenty to improve my character development, although that’s mostly taken the form of Victoria doing a lot of cooking.
How stressed out are you feeling?
I don’t think anybody wants to know the answer to that. If you know anyone participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I think you already know the answer. If you don’t, congratulations.
Check back soon to get more guest posts, information, and more. If you just can’t wait, read or re-read this awesome post by Mike Martinez or my own post about word padding. People like them. Check it out and comment.