Just a little update on my NaNo project…I started very well last week and put myself ahead on the word count, knowing that there was a busy weekend ahead. After a few non-writing days, I’m a couple of thousand words behind target at the moment, but not too worried – I tend to be a ‘fits and starts’ type of person as it is when it comes to writing, and have some big, juicy scenes coming up, which are much easier to write as there’s so much happening in them 🙂
Week 2 – Word Count 15, 425
How’s your NaNoWriMo going?
So…the first few days of NaNoWriMo have gone well: I’m closing on 10k words today, which is slightly ahead of target (but will help me on my ‘non-writing days’). I’m finding the little word calculator a great motivator – I go in every day and check out my progress, I can’t explain why it feels more productive seeing it with the little progress stats beneath it, but it does! 🙂
The idea of just writing, writing, writing, without pausing to go back and edit is quite satisfying as you’re whizzing through a new chapter every other day. I normally find myself going back through previous chapters, editing and re-working them before dropping back into the writing, which probably wastes a lot of time…so maybe this will be a habit that sticks after November…we’ll have to see 🙂
The cogs in my brain are busily turning as I try to get to the end of the editing / proof-reading process with Balik’s story, before sending it away to the lovely people who’ve offered fresh eyes on the book, before I push out ARCs and then final official release. Unfortunately, my self-imposed deadline of ‘summer 2012’ has slipped a little – mainly due to a very busy period in my non-writing, working-life – the chaotic period has hopefully now drawn to a close, giving me the final concentrated time I need to put the finishing touches to Balik’s tale and move on to Outlanders, which has been hovering in the background for a good while now.
I’ve really enjoyed being in Balik’s head since April time, when I began ‘serious’ work on my old drafts of RMT. Even though the story is somewhat familiar to Cassie’s in Hope’s Daughter, it has been important to fill in the gaps of who he is and how he came to be the person that Cassie meets. When I began writing The Rainbow Maker’s Tale, I didn’t really know everything about Balik and so this has been a learning experience for me too. He’s a tough little cookie – but still a yummy cookie 🙂
I hope you’re looking forward to seeing more of Balik before the story continues in Outlanders, there’s a lot that Cassie didn’t know…she’s not the only one who can keep secrets.