Sunday, November 1, 2009
NaNoWriMo: Day 1
We leave the novel at the close of Day One with 5,009 words on the page. (Or, more accurately, on the hard drive.)
My goal was 5,000 words for today. (I've always been an overachiever.)
Not all days will be like this one, which is why I pushed myself. For starters, days with 25 hours in them come around once a year, so I wanted to take advantage of that.
In this NaNo month, there will come holidays and play performances, several days of migraines, and the heavy workload that belongs to the season. But today, today was a good writing day.
The story is still so very much in the embryonic stages. Since it's based on a real-life experience (write what you know!), most of the 16 pages I have thus far are snippets and snatches of conversation that I'm remembering from more than a decade gone by. But it's fun to watch the fictionalized part take shape - should I make him a restaurant reviewer or a chef? - while the hyper editor in me is cringing at scenes where the same character is referred to by two or three different names.
5,000 words down, only 45,000 to go.
(photo taken by me in June, 2009 at Chuck E Cheese, where Betty was attending a birthday party)