That's right. I sailed right over my 50k goal a whopping eight days early. (I would have won sooner, but, you know, Pinterest. And Netflix.)
|Someone bring me the finest muffins and bagels|
in all the land!
Well, all right—maybe 'sailed' isn't the right word. I barely made it across that 50k mark and just...stopped. It looked kind of like this:
I'm really quite tired. But considering the amount of Pop Tarts and Cherry Dr Pepper I've consumed over the past three week, I'm fortunate I'm not in some crazy sugar coma right now.
But I stopped because the Camp NaNoWriMo goal was to write 50k this month, and I did that.
It went so quickly this time around, largely because I remain unemployed, I know.
The other part of my July goal was to use that 50k to complete this draft of Second Nature. That part is less successful at this point, as the manuscript remains unfinished, and I'm not entirely sure how many more words it's going to take to finish it. Now that this NaNoWriMo session is over for me, I stop focusing so much on word count and focus instead on just getting the scenes done.
On that front, I believe I finally have all the necessary scenes worked out. Some remain in the wrong order (despite my best efforts to keep it straight, the timeline at the end of this book has gone all wonky on me), but that's an easy enough fix. More scenes are unfinished, which is less easy (I finished all the easy scenes already.), but it helps to have a plan. Probably.
Now I'm torn between attempting to finish it in the remaining eight days (seven days? I have no idea what day it is right now) or just crashing for a while and going back to it in September. Either way, I'm essentially taking August off from writing (family is coming to visit). I had hoped to be taking August off having finishing this draft, then having the opportunity to go back to the manuscript with fresher eyes after a month away from it. I'd really love to still be able to do that.
Which means I've probably just answered my conundrum. I need to finish writing this novel in the next seven or eight days.
Which means I should probably get back to work.
But before I go, here's a quick look at Camp by the numbers:
- Starting word count at the beginning of the month: 252,085
- Word count now: 302,125
- Net Gain: 50,040
- Average number of words per day: 2,085 (seriously, why can't I write like this every month??)
- Number of songs written: 2 (with a possible third under construction)
- Number of (named) characters killed: 2. No, 3. No, wait—5.
Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend, all.