Thursday, November 21, 2013

NaNoWriMo Day 21

I know, I totally don't publish consistently enough - but hey!  Two a month is better than what I was doing before!  Besides, it's NaNo time, so I can't really blame myself for not updating very much.

Last night, I reached 40,000 words in Hipstopia #2 (I really need to come up with a title for this).  It's scary, because I have three chapters before the end of the book, which means, I need to average 3,333 words per chapter (else I need to go back and edit during NaNo and pray that I add words instead of taking them away).

I'm happy that I'm on track -- I wasn't aiming for some 60-70k book because I don't feel like this story needs it.  There's a conflict, a few side stories to develop a rich sense of the characters, and then the conclusion.  Besides, when I do my first draft read through, I usually add in 5-10k with things that I missed the first time around.  While I'm drafting, my brain is constantly thinking of the next scene, which sometimes makes the scene I'm working on suffer.  During the rewrite/reread, I don't have to worry about what comes next, since it's already written.

Anyone else have this problem?  Do you have scenes that you know you have to rewrite because you "just weren't feeling them" at the time?  Would love to hear from anyone who is participating in NaNo this year!  Or writers in general :)

I'm aiming for a summer release date next year for Hipstopia #2.  We'll see how this works.

And... public accountability note to self:  I need to update my goal list for next year / this year.