Hullo, hullo! I'm back, for a brief time.
First of all, how's the writing coming along, folks? Those of you I challenged to finish a novel before August 15: tired of writing yet? ;) I'm not, praise God!
All right, do you want the bad news or the good news? Well, they're connected, so I'll give them to you both at once.
The good news is, my word count is 5,586, and I plan on writing another 2k tonight. (Here's some more good news: when I say I'm going to write 2k tonight, I usually do. I have a 3/3 winning record right now. :D) The bad news is, my word count is 5,586.
How can it be good and bad, you say? Well, I'm pleased that the writing is going fairly smoothly; the words are coming along and I'm definitely interested in the story. The very best stories practically force you to write them, after all. The bad thing is, I'm still on chapter one.
I'm still on chapter one.
I've written two of the three scenes I outlined for chapter one, so I have a good chunk yet to write in that chapter.
Granted, I have a prologue in this novel. But even with the prologue, my projected word count should be less than 4,500 at this point.
The way things are going, I'm going to end up with chapters longer than 3,000 words. While that's not bad in itself, it means that I'm going to have to write a LOT of words in a short amount of time...because I have 23 chapters left to write. I'm hoping that my shorter chapters will balance out the longer ones.
If the trend continues, however, my novel may very well end up past 80,000 words. That would be great - if I wasn't trying to write it in one month.
To make matters worse, I just learned that, in all probability, I'll be severely detained past August 5th. Like, snatch-a-word-or-two-every-couple-minutes kind of detained. The kind of detained that makes writing extremely hard.
Well, I've always liked challenges. Wouldn't it be glorious if God gave me the inspiration and stamina to write eighty thousand good words in a month? (:
So far, however, I haven't gotten to the I'm-going-to-drop-dead-and-my-writing-is-junk stage yet. That usually kicks in after day two or three, but I have no symptoms thus far. I'm loving the writing. Maybe it's the outline?
What about you? Are you at the do-or-die stage yet? How's the story a-coming?
Au revior - I've got to write another two thousand words yet tonight, and it's already eight o'clock here! (Looks like another late night of writing is ahead of me.)
UPDATE-1: The word count's past 6,000 now and rising. Still on chapter one, but the scene is nearing a close. I'm hoping to hit 8,000 words tonight.
UPDATE-2: The word count is 6,450 and chapter one is finished. On to chapter two!
UPDATE-3 Word count is 8,045 and I've just finished chapter two (which was, blessedly, a shorter chapter). Remarkably, I'm still not tired of the story. While I don't want to write more tonight because it's late, I still have yet to reach the I'm-writing-junk stage. But anyway, I'm going to bed. ^_^
[Post-script: This was written on the night of the 18th, by the way. Some statistics (such as my current word count) may be outdated.]