National Novel Writing Month
For those of you who aren’t familiar, November is National Novel Writing Month. (Nanowrimo, if you’re part of the inner circle.) The goal is to write 50,000 words during the month. And I’m playing.
Mind you, 50,000 words does not really make a novel. At least, not in my chosen genre, mystery / suspense. In this world, you need somewhere in the neighborhood of 80,000 to 95,000. Give or take. To hit the 50,000-word mark, you need to average 1,667 words a day, which translates to 7-8 pages every day. A formidable task.
We’re almost through Day 5. I’m currently at 8,942 words for a 1,788-word average. A little ahead of pace. But not enough for comfort. Beginnings are easy. You enjoy an empty canvas, and you can fill it any way you like. Middles are tough. You’ve gotta figure out a way to keep your reader turning the pages through the thick set-up of all the events that occur in your story. Endings are hardest of all. You must sew up all your plotlines and make everything come out in a plausible manner to satisfy your reader.
Here’s a quick synopsis of my story, A Pretty Penny, keeping in mind that everything is subject to change. That’s a working title, which I loathe, so it’ll be the first thing to change.
Eight-year-old Penny Holloway cuts through the noise of The Furnace Room, a south St. Louis bar & restaurant, to interrupt Robbie Turner’s night. She’s there either to ruin Rob’s life or to give him a second chance at it.
Maybe I’ll report in periodically to update the status. I’m working on chapter 7 right now.