It’s pretty much halfway point in this year’s Camp NaNoWriMo, so that should mean that I’m halfway through both my novel and my word count, right? Wrong. Despite trying to get ahead so that I have less writing to do at the end of the month, I’ve mostly been playing catch up this week. After a couple of days with less than 500 words, I only just got back on track yesterday. Here’s how my word count graph is currently looking:
So, we’ve established that I’m not quite halfway through my word count yet… But what about my plot?
Unfortunately, that’s even further from the halfway point. But that’s to be expected. Back in 2012 when I first attempted this story, I got to 41,000 words before giving up – because I wasn’t even halfway through the story (and I was busy). When I finally completed a draft in 2014, the total word count was about 85,000 words. So I’m neither surprised nor concerned that I’m only on the fifth of my planned twenty chapters at almost 23,000 words.
On the bright side, I am happy with this draft so far. Sure, I’m writing it thinking “I’ll need to seriously edit this later”, but I haven’t had any doubts about this version of the plot, so this may be the last complete rewrite. That thought is a very nice one indeed.
Also, I made a Spotify playlist of songs that inspire me and help me build up the atmosphere specific to my story and setting. You can find it here.