I love NaNoWriMo. Can I just say that over and over? NaNoWriMo is the best part of the year. I love the comradery, the groups, and the interactions between writers. It’s never as active as it is during November.
This year has been a little bit different. I spent all of October obsessively, yes, obsessively outlining and planning for this novel. I don’t think I’ve ever been as prepared as I have this year. I knew my characters, their backstories, their fears, and their goals… I even knew how they talked. I had a detailed map drawn, and thanks to a fantastic geography teacher, my map was drawn correctly.
My magic system was detailed, the rules created before writing a single word. The foods they eat, the way they travel.
I was ready.
I’ve planned before, but this has gone beyond anything I’ve ever done. My Story Bible is bursting with information.
The difference is visible. The first days of the month and I’m already 32,000 words into the novel. My average word count per day is over 6,000.
Once I did all the preparation, this thing has been flowing like I can’t believe. Not only that, I really want to keep writing. It takes a lot of effort to pry myself away from the computer so that I can do the laundry or cook dinner. At this rate, I might finish the entire first book (since my 32,000 is halfway through page 3 of an 11 page outline for the first book), and possibly get the outlines done for the other two books.
So that’s me! Fingers flying, and excited to keep going! How about the rest of you? How are you doing with NaNoWriMo?