I thought I’d give an update on my NaNoWriMo progress, though to be honest, there’s not a great deal to report. As of tonight, I’m at 12,121 words, so I’m on track. I’ve been to two write-ins, and it’s been great seeing my writing friends again.
The section of the story I’ve been covering in this first week has been the simplest to write, but I haven’t had a great deal of enthusiasm for it. The content I’m moving onto now – tonight, my protagonist actually began her journey to Russia, getting terribly seasick on a ferry across the North Sea to Bergen – will be more exciting, but also more difficult as I draw upon the historical research I’ve done and my own imagination. I may have an outline, but I still have to fill in the little details, and there’s already been a few surprises and new developments as I’ve done so.
Even though this is my ninth year doing NaNoWriMo, it’s still very satisfying to see the word count on the document rising steadily day by day. Having produced over 12,000 words of a novel in the space of a week still feels good, regardless of their quality (though I’m pretty sure I have gotten better as the years have passed!) Since I don’t look back over what I’ve already written unless I need to check details for continuity, it feels a bit like playing a very long game of Consequences as the whole thing builds up.
If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, let me know how you’re getting on in the comments!