End of Week One Update

It is the end of week one for NaNoWriMo and I am not worn out yet? Crazy talk!

Not only am I not worn out, but I am ahead. My stats page on NaNo’s site says “At This Rate You Will Finish On: November 18, 2013”. I am that far ahead? Wow.

I am currently at 19,706 words (yes, I realize I could have squeezed in 300 more words to say I was at 20k… I didn’t want to, okay!?) and my average words per day is 2,815. That is quite a bit more than the 1,667 words per day that is needed to finish on time. So, I am pretty confident that I will reach 50k by the end of the month.

But on to more important things. The actual words I have been writing. As I said in my last blog post, I am not working on a new novel. I am being a NaNo Rebel and writing out back story and world building and plotting. And it is going really well.

I have learned a lot about my main character this past week and I have started to actually flesh out the minor characters. I also have realized that I will not be able to finish this story as a trilogy. It has to be four books long. It just does. So therefore, I have created even more work for myself 😛

I think that even once NaNo is complete, I am going to continue to flesh out this “under water” stuff so that the “tip of the ice berg” is even better (Horribly overused metaphor, I know…). I will probably spend both December and January doing this and then start fresh on the first draft in February.

I’m not going to just throw out what I already have for the first draft though. But I am going to start fresh and use what I have as a guideline, and I will reuse some scenes.

Anyway, my wrists hurt from all this typing, so I am going to get off my computer and go read now.

How are the rest of you NaNoer’s (WriMo’s?) doing? Are your word counts coming along nicely? Are you ahead? Are you behind? (If you are behind, there is always the Writing Marathon on Saturday!)

About the author

Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.

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