It’s the end of NaNoWriMo Week 1, and so far I am (surprisingly, amazingly) ahead by a couple thousand words. That is slowly shrinking, though, as this weekend I didn’t hit the minimum on either day (laziness) and today was the victim of that minor food poisoning that all college students get sooner or later. But I’m still ahead, so I have time to gain back my lead. I’m trying really hard to be mostly done by the 23rd, which is the day when I leave to spend Thanksgiving with the family, because I know it will be damn near impossible to get much done while I’m home.
Even with the setbacks, this NaNo has been going fantastically by my standards. Usually I only get to this point through a lot of frustration and wordcount-fudging (Dear Past Me: blogging does not count for NaNo). Even better, its taught me a lot about what the best way for me to work is. In the past, I would leave writing for the end of the day and then try to write all 1,667 words in one sitting. I may be, technically, capable of writing that many words per hour, but my brain can’t novel that fast. I’ve learned that it likes frequent breaks, and that I have the highest wpm in 15 minute sprints. So I’ve broken up my writing time into four or five of those sprints over the day.
I’ve also learned that, due to to my intense procrastination and inability to focus, scheduling my day out in 1/2 hour increments is the best way to go. And ohmaryandjoseph, do I ever need to stick to The Schedule. When I follow the great and might Schedule, I get done everything I need to do by 10 pm and still have plenty of time to read comics/destress/get into angry comment-wars with the internet gnomes. When I disobey The Schedule, I am up until 1 am and then lie in bed thinking about all the stuff I should have done, but didn’t.
As for the actual novel (tentatively titled The Grey Zone because I do not have an original bone in my body), I’m still liking it at this point, which is always good. The main character is kind of a dick, but I will fix him up in post. Plus, I’m kind of enjoying writing a dude with playing card powers. It’s fun.
And look! We finally have a NaNo theme song, thanks to the ever-amazing John Anealio: