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November 9, 2012
Posted at 1:11 pm
Updated: November 9, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Gettin' my ass whupped - Day 9

I can't complain to my fellow NaNoWriMo participants, some of whom are struggling to catch up to today's official goal of 15,000 words in their novels. I'm way ahead of that with well over 26,000 in "A Painful Silence." That's over halfway to the goal of 50,000 words in the month of November, but it's still just under a third of what I intend for the month. My chapters are averaging about 2800 words per day which means the 30 chapters of this book will come out to somewhere in the vicinity of 84,000 words--a nice comfortable size for a thriller.

The problem has been that I haven't been able to get ahead. Usually by this time in NaNoWriMo, I'm halfway to my goal and expect to finish by our during Thanksgiving. If I keep writing at this pace, I'll still be writing on November 30 to get that last chapter posted. I like to have a little cushion.

Two factors are affecting my performance this year. First, I have a lot of projects that I'm working on that are not related to writing. For example, I'm creating the exhibits for a charity auction tomorrow night and expect a lot of my day today and tomorrow will be spent creating the display and setting it up for the auction. This on a weekend when I am alone in the house and could spend the entire 72 hours writing. Blech.

Second, because of the readership here on SOL, I'm taking more time and care with proofreading and formatting my story after I write each chapter. They're going up in remarkably clean condition for a "first draft" and that's because I'm spending about two hours per chapter cleaning them up. The fact that there is so much internal monologue going on in this book (all set in italics) makes formatting it for upload a real pain.

And Third (yes, I know I said two things) I didn't plan this novel quite as thoroughly as I have past NaNos. I went in with only a sketchy outline of a few chapters and bullet points about where the story was going. I'm known in my region as being a person who spends eleven months planning a novel and 30 days writing it. I decided on this topic less than two months before the start of NaNo. I'm spending a lot more time having to think through the next few steps before I start writing them out.

Finally, (what do you mean that's four?) I miss Tony, Lissa, Melody, Kate, Wendy, Bree, Sandra, Amy, Sonia, Rio, and Whitney. I got as far ahead as I could on "Triptych" before November started and I'm glad I preloaded them for automatic posting, because that would really give me a whupping, but there's still four or five chapters to write and they keep buzzing through my brain while whispering bits of dialog and action that won't even occur until the next Model Student book late next spring! Damn it all anyway!

Okay. I came, I whined, I kvetched. Now I really need to get back to work. Those 520 words could have been in my novel!

P.S. Did I mention that just before NaNo started I got hooked on TechnicDragon's Master PC series and just *had* to finish all three books while I was trying to write? Okay. Really, I'm done now. But the books were good.