Floodgates, once opened, are difficult to close again. So it has been with NaNoWriMo this past week. Lately my creativity as been on overdrive, and with my project at work on hiatus until after the first of the year, and my mind during the day set to more mundane tasks than hypersonic propulsion, I’ve found renewed interest in my writing serves as an excellent use for all that excess processing capacity. Normally, as the holidays approach I allow myself a brief vacation from my writing, but there’s no slowing down this year.
Breaker is coming along pretty much as expected, but while it’s always good to surprise oneself when writing, there is something deeply comforting about a story that progresses as planned. At the moment, I’ve reached a point in the story where the main character, Cade, is slowly learning the extent of his newfound ability to bend reality. While he has yet to learn the true nature of these abilities, what makes them possible at all, he is slowly realizing that there may be no limit to what he can do. If anything, the only real surprise I’ve gleaned from my writing so far is that Breaker may indeed be suitable as a young adult novel after all, as I’d originally intended.
Overall, writing on Breaker has been slow; I’ve no doubt I will fail to reach the 50,000 word goal by the end of the month, though no doubt I will get much closer than I did last year. Given the reason for the slow going, however, I find it impossible to feel disappointed…
As I said, my creativity has been on overdrive, but surprisingly that creativity has been focused almost exclusively on my main projects. Over the past week, I’ve written more of my primary work in progress, Pathfinder, than I had in the past year, which has been gratifying. Far more gratifying, however, has been my renewed focus on Wide Horizon. I haven’t found such joy working on my debut novel since completing the first draft, and now at last I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s been a productive month thus far, and I’m excited for the coming week.