This chapter encompasses my NaNoWriMo writing for the 26th of November.
I’ve been reading a few blog posts about outlining, specifically with the implied assumption one would write faster as a result of planning things out.
I do understand, based on second hand accounts, the advantage of outlining, and I do understand that it need not be the rigorous, creativity-sucking, blinders on process that some envision.
I also know that if one is to go the professional route, some publishers will insist on some type of roadmap for projects they are asked to come on board with.
I can even buy into the premise that what you write would be tighter, hang together better, and be more streamlined. Fewer plot holes, too.
The part about writing faster? Not sure I can buy into that.
I can crank out, depending on how I feel, something like 1,000 words per hour. I’m talking fiction here. I can do much more when writing opinions (to the dismay of many).
With fiction 1,000 is the average; sometimes more, sometimes less, usually dependant not on the story itself, but on the mechanics of writing fiction. I type while looking at the keyboard (meaning, I don’t touch type, looking at the screen while I type).
I’m pretty fast. Not super fast, but pretty fast. Except for dialogue. Not that I have a hard time writing dialogue, but that the mechanics of writing it are a tad more difficult for me. It’s the punctuation, you see.
In this kind of writing, just words, I can motor along and hardly look up.
Dialogue has to be formatted for effect, for tone, for punctuation. I need to look up a lot more. Worse yet, I can’t let errors go; it’s no “I’ll fix that later” for me. That means that misplaced commas, absent spaces, wrong quotes, or anything in the writing that is wrong screams out at me to fix. All that slows me down.
Someday I should try to write a novella without any dialogue . . .
Anyway, none of that has to do with this:
Chapter 29 will go live in a password-protected post, shortly after this post.
Here’s my progress so far (I might write some more later this evening):
I wrote 2,015 words yesterday afternoon, which gives me a cumulative total of 53,156 words. Actually, I fib . . . I wrote 2,013 words yesterday, and in doing a read-through this morning, I fixed a few things, and ended up with two additional words. Ergo, 2,015.
It should now be more than obvious I am going to blow through the 50K mark, especially since I have.
It should be just as obvious I plan to keep going and finish this puppy.
Not being a member of the NaNoWriMo community (I did not register), I can damn well do as I please.
There is one caveat . . . we will be traveling in early December (very early December), and as the date draws near, other things are going to press me for time.
The plan is to put this to bed before I leave. Should I not be able to do so, know that where we are going I will have limited internet access and usage. I will do my best to be timely, but there is a chance, if I don’t finish before we leave, it will have to wait until I come back . . . what will seem a long wait for some.
As I said, I’ll try to finish this week, but wanted to give people fair warning.
Here’s my usual ending to these posts.
For them interested in using my spreadsheet, a previous post explains it and provides links for getting either a copy of the Google Docs version, or downloading the Excel Spreadsheet version. That post is HERE.
Anyone wanting to read the novel, please shoot me an e-mail requesting the password, or leave a comment below to that effect.
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One other thing.
Last year I did a precis . . . I know some people like the precis. I did it last year because I stopped writing for a few months, and then I was not writing regularly.
This puppy is going to be finished before the end of the month. I won’t have time to write a precis, and the timeframe is short enough to perhaps make its absence irrelevant. If not . . . sorry.
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