NaNoWriMo 2014 – Day 7

A special double-whammy of novelists today. One of my favourite novelists, and the author of my favourite novel. Stephen King and Audrey Niefenegger.
A special double-whammy of novelists today. One of my favourite novelists, and the author of my favourite novel. Stephen King and Audrey Niefenegger.

Holy Rapid Progress, Batman!

So, that was the first week of NaNoWriMo 2014. How is everybody doing?

Confession time. I’m still behind. I’m going to try and squeeze in another 500 words before midnight, but I just wrote a bit 1200 word session and I’m feeling very burnt out. This is one of my better years, however. I’m behind in the word count, but I’m not way behind, and I’m closing the gap already. Progress would probably be going a little bit smoother if I wasn’t being distracted by a very jealous kitten who insists on sitting on the keyboard every time I sit down to write. She hasn’t deleted anything yet, but she’s a very strict editor so it’s only a matter of time.

The second week is always a tough time for me in NaNoWriMo, it’s when you start to really get a shape of your novel and you can see if the structure and pacing you had in mind is going to pan out. Mine almost never does. This is usually when it becomes clear that the novel is nowhere near as exciting as I had in mind, and I panic and start throwing crazy stuff in there. I’m not going to do that this year, I’m determined to stay the course and fix problems in the edit, but it’s hard work and I hope I can stay strong!

I’m still in love with my idea, which is good, but I really hope I can do it justice. Let me know how you guys are getting on.