It’s 11 days into Camp NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — and I haven’t posted an update since last week. My word count on Day 11 is 30,483 words, way ahead of target, since the ultimate goal is 50,000 words in 30 days. I was even able to fit in a daily NaNo session over the weekend, when we were away for the holiday.
I should add that I am actually editing an already completed draft, rather than writing “new” words, so the straight word count may not mean a lot, except that it tells me I am speeding through the draft and should finish this round of editing this week. So I am pleased.
I’m editing on paper at the moment, chapter by chapter. In this case, that mostly consists of consolidating feedback, making line edits, and fixing repetition and continuity errors. Once I finish this round, I suspect the month will be far from over. I’ll spend the rest of the time putting all the chapters into one big file, updating to incorporate my recent edits, and starting the next round of editing on the computer. That’s when I’ll be looking at the work as a whole, seeing how it all hangs together, cutting scenes that need cutting, and filling any plot holes.
Are you a NaNo Camper? If so, how is it going?