NaNoWriMo 2006 Complete
As of 7:51 AM EDT, I have written over 50,000 words. I have a few more chapters to write to end the story and then the novel is done.
Aside from boring repetitive descriptions of things, I'd say the novel itself is pretty presentable. Not good by any means but I am not ashamed to show it.
I won't though. Not just yet.
50,000 words over 16 days. 5 of which I did not write at all so over the 11 days that I actually wrote, I averaged 4,545 words a day, a page shy of 5k a day.
Days like today where I wrote 10k words make me think I can do this in 5 days or less. The other day I managed 5k words in under 3 hours so a 50k novel in less than an day is not out of the question. Ridiculous and insane but certainly not out of the question.
As stated when I began, I was for reals going to go for two novels this year and I still plan to. I'm gonna take a few days off and then try to pull off another couple of 5k+ word days.
Something I noticed this year as well as last year was that the end of the novel is the hardest, for me at least. Not because I don't know what to do for the ending or how to do it. It's actually the opposite. Once I know exactly what I want to happen for the ending, I come to a screeching halt and I lock up. Once there is a limitation introduced, it's not as easy. The middle of the book is stupid easy because I can just write and write and not worry about where anything is going.
As much as I know that this is about shitting out 50k words as fast as possible, I still want a beginning, middle, and end. I think I pulled it off a lot better this year but it was more because of the way I was telling this story (a series of interrelated shorts) and the fact that there were several main characters I could bounce between to keep myself fresh.
In conclusion, if I get this second novel done in a timely fashion, maybe next year I will go for three.