Hello, faithful readers!
First, I want to say, "Wow!" I updated my blog for the first time in a while yesterday...and in less than 12 hours I got over a hundred pageviews! Thanks!
Now...NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo is the acronym for National Novel Writing Month; the objective is to complete a 50k novel in 30 days. This requires an average of 1667 words per day. I started writing a sci-fi/thriller novel (it didn't start out as a thriller, but you know how that goes). I'm on track and will cross 10k words today, Day 6 of NaNoWriMo.
What can I say? Putting myself under this kind of pressure to write has been like a shot in the arm, like a draught of caffeine when I'm dragging! I had forgotten how much fun it was to just churn words out on the page like that; since I lost my computer (and the half-novel that was on it), I've been struggling to find time to write. So many things kept getting in the way - the day job, kids, sleep - and I was having a hard time putting 100 words down, let alone my old quota of 1600.
But...when I have to do it? When it's the matter of success or failure at an admittedly made-up deadline? I get 1700 + easy and still have time in the day. I find a few moments to type and there are another 100, 200, 300 words. It's like I'm on steroids, like a runner in a marathon would feel if he/she was dragging ass after the 21st mile and someone came by and pumped all the fatigue out of their body (I was looking for a realistic analogy with that, but couldn't find one <.< >.>). Keep a lookout for Cycles of Destruction - Earth, first draft finished around the end of November!