November 17th, 2010
30,000 and Counting

Well I passed the 30K mark in NaNo today. Everything was running along smoothly. I was following my outline, and then BAM! My damn Fey character hijacked the scene by kidnapping my heroine. Okay, he didn’t really kidnap her, but he did take her out of the scene I’d started to write and put her in an entirely different location. I had no idea he was going to do it and I’m not really sure why he did it. All I know is that he did and now I’m scrambling to catch up. I finished the chapter, but it doesn’t ‘feel’ like it’s the end of their interaction. No idea what’s going to happen next. I’m actually surprised my heroine is going along with him. She doesn’t trust him and barely likes him. Teenagers!  Sigh.

I have taken a good look at my outline. I don’t think I’ll hit 50K by the end of this month, unless I get this mess straightened out quickly and have several VERY productive days. I only have 13 days left to do it. Of course, even if I do hit 50K, the book won’t be finished. I still have a LOT more story to get down. The detour just makes it harder. I should however make my original goal, which was to finish a rough draft of this YA by the end of this year. I think I can do that.  I have to because I’m itching to work on other projects.

For those participating, are you making progress? Have you had any sudden changes in direction occur? Have you reached 50K? If you have reached that number, then know now that I’m extremely jealous. 🙂

4 comments to “30,000 and Counting”

  1. Good for you! I’m glad I”m not an official participant because I way, way, way did not hit my goals. However, the way things have shaken out this month bode well for my productivity from now on, hurrah.

  2. Thanks Charli! Hey, that’s a good sign. Forward momentum is a very good thing.

    I have to wait and see what happens in the next couple of scenes to determine where the story is going and how to get it back on track. Fun times. *g*

  3. Great progress! I can’t think of a solution on your plot problem. The character voices in my head always talk to each other so I know right where they’re at. 🙂

  4. Bernard, Thanks! My characters talk to each other, sometimes they talk to me, and sometimes they don’t consult me at all. LOL!