Tuesday, March 26, 2013

It Flowwwwws

I have basically done a NaMaWriMo (National March Writing Month).  I started working seriously on the current novel I'm writing on February 28th.  Thirty days later (the length of November), I wrote over 54,000 words.  The goal of NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) is 50,000 words in 30 days.

They way this novel is coming out of me is just amazing me.  Once I figured out who the villain was going to be (my first villain ended up not being evil enough so I made them a minion of the main villain), it just flowed.  I've only stopped to do research and even then, it hasn't been that difficult.  As of today I have been writing it for 32 days and I'm at 62,547 words for an average of 1,955 words per day.  And the day isn't over yet (although I need to start writing this freelance article that's due Friday).

My goal is at least 80,000 words.  Which at the rate I'm writing will take 9 more days.  But I have a feeling this book is going to go a bit beyond 80,000 words.  I have quite a bit of plot still planned.

But I'm still amazed.  I've never written a book this quickly.  Book of Death was written fairly quickly but the writing of it came to a screeching halt as I realized I didn't know enough about Romania in the 1960s.  So I read a couple of books (all of one, part of another) and contacted a Romanian ex-patriot who now lives in the U.S. and she answered a lot of my questions.  But this novel is just flowing out of me like it's in a hurry to get written.

Now I might hammer out the first draft in about 41 days.  But then comes re-reading, re-writing, and proofreading.  And that can take a couple of months.  But I'm still impressed with how fast this is going.  I just hope I'm keeping the quality up to my standards.  If not, the re-writing process will be a drag.

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