On the NaNoWriMo front, I'm losing the initial steam, but that's been happening to everyone, I've noticed. I passed the 25,000 mark today, and I've still got another 1,500 words to go to meet my quota, so I'm not behind or anything. I'm just really starting to realize how MUCH 100,000 words really is. I went on a counting frenzy and realized that most of my favorite books are only 80,000 words or so. Princess Bride is just over 80,000. Confessions of a Shopaholic is closer to 100,000 at 89,000, but still, that's a 11,000 word difference. Some of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels just barely break the 100,000 word marks, but do you know how much HAPPENS in those? It's somewhat disheartening to reach 25,000 and realize I'm only a fourth of the way through.
I still want to do it, though. I'm just going to have to force myself to throw in some more subplots, or plot twists, or extra characters, who knows. Plus, I know I'll hit my second wind next week, and probably realize some brilliant direction for the story to go in. The most frustrating thing for me at this point, really, is that I've only been just barely keeping up with my word quota. I guess it's more in the challenging NaNoWriMo spirit to be just keeping up, but I'm just not used to writing such a long book. I think next year, I'll only go for 80,000. But it's still worth it to me to finish the 100,000 I promised myself this year.
Plus, if I don't, Jesso will gloat a lot, and I can't have that.
Ah, post your morale and word counts and writing peaks and pitfalls, it will be fun, we can be miserable together!