I updated my progress bars to better reflect what I’m doing. As of this writing I am 55% through my goal wordage for The Doorlands rough draft. Since that book and my NaNo challenge novel are one in the same, this point coincides with 85% completion of the NANOWRIMO challenge for me.
I’m excited on both counts. This was my first NaNo–I may well do this every year!–and the novel I chose was one that’s been on my mind lately. Pushing through it this fast, to my honest surprise, hasn’t left me feeling lost or unfulfilled or even desperate to launch a rewriting jihad. Who has time? And, even better, I feel like I’m tying up all the threads better in this first draft than I did in my last novel. I attribute this to have things fresh on my mind. I wrote chapter one of this book last week and now I’m on chapter fifteen. A lot has happened between those two writings (for me and my characters), but I feel as though I can recall them better for the brevity between creative sessions. I took months to write my previous novel (the second one I’ve written). Subsequently, many promises I made to the reader, especially those that came off the cuff in the pursuit of discovery, never paid off. In The Doorlands, however, I think I’m keeping a better accounting of what’s passed and how it should affect the future. I hope.
— david j.