A very quick post here to record my progress in NaNoWriMo so far: 41,311 words. Unless I quit now (which I won’t), I should complete 50,000 by end of the month. And then I will have 50k+ words of pure confusion. What I’m working on originated as a short story, written in response to a real event in my neighborhood. It’s the classic “Don’t piss me off or I’ll put you in my story” scenario.
I don’t know if this story really merits being lengthened into a novel, but I did want to use NaNoWriMo to produce backstory for the characters and setting. Unfortunately, three-quarters of the way into writing, I switched from third-person to first-person, deciding that delving into the mind of my main character would be more fun. Not.
I simply don’t know what I have here. This may be my first NaNoWriMo where I can’t wait for it to be over because I’m bored. I’m a pantser, writing without a plan or an outline or even an end in sight. The short story had an ending but that’s where I decided to pick up, and so it goes. If time wasn’t so precious, I’d read over what I’ve written so far. But that’s too dangerous for me. Once I start reading, I start editing and that is a huge No-No during NaNoWriMo. So I’ll plow on through, even though my tank of enthusiasm is running on empty.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving to all you who celebrate it!