So far I’m keeping up on my word count for NaNo. I had just under 4K words last night.
The first night and a half of writing is just a mishmash as I was trying to get thoughts down – there’s backstory and repetitive interior monologue, and I really should have written the sword fight out instead of summarizing it… It’s a mess. But it’s a beautiful mess and things are starting to flow now
And I can always come back and fix it after NaNo. Just like any art or craft, sometimes you have to make that first junky version before the creativity starts flowing and the inspiration starts sparking. And even if that first draft gets completely rewritten that practice, and that learning process is important. (And there are at least three sentences in there that I really, really love so it won’t be COMPLETELY rewritten.)
It’s amazing the way things just come to you when you’re working. I actually sat down and outlined my idea for this story ahead of time, but there were some vague areas (like bad guy does something but I’m not quite sure why or how yet) and some pieces that hadn’t quite clicked yet. It didn’t matter how much I shook it around in my head, it wasn’t there.
But after two days of writing, as I was driving home yesterday, I figured out how the major problem in the book works. AND it lets me add a cool creature that I hadn’t figured out how to get in there before.
And just before we turned out the lights last night, I noticed something that looked like a gravity defying worm on the ceiling. It was actually a millipede, but in my book, it’s gonna be a lot bigger, a lot nastier, and the first evidence of the evil dark lord. And with acid spewing fangs. *Insert evil laughter here*
Can you tell I’m having fun?