And here we are: NaNoWriMo 2017. After Day One, my word count stands at 1,383. Not bad, I think.
While planning is always a good idea, writing is far from an exact science. I like to think that if your writing doesn’t surprise you now and then, something is wrong. To that end, I’m pleased to say that today’s session was not without its twists and turns. I had previously written roughly a paragraph of Breaker, but hadn’t written any further because it just wasn’t coming out the way I’d hoped. So, as it’s NaNoWriMo, I began today by deleting everything I’d written so far. Fresh start.
I’m glad I did. I felt the need to hit the ground running this year, and had I attempted to build off of what I had so far, no doubt I’d have wasted hours in fruitless attempts to re-work and re-re-work that single, miserable paragraph. Instead of beginning in the middle of a tense scene, the novel now begins with something I feel everyone can identify with: a really bad day. We’ve all had them: one of those days where it seems everything goes wrong. It’s cold and rainy, you wake up with a headache, you’re late getting out the door. It turned out to be an idea I could run with, and I’m pleased with the results.
Tomorrow, I intend to pick up where I left off, starting with a heavy conversation between the main character and his friend. After this, I plan to begin weekly updates of my progress for the duration of NaNoWriMo. I’m off to a good start. Wish me luck.