A third of November has gone by, but it’s hard to say if I’m a third of the way through my NaNoWriMo plans. I’m currently at 23,326 words for the month, keeping up a good cushion should I slip in future days this month–you never know what might be coming! I’m well out of the lull portion I’ve mentioned, with both of the second-half-of-the-book villains coming onto the scene. Xevrix the enchantress is in secret communication with Rose, while Edward, Terrence’s brother, has arrived to sow discord and dissension and assassination attempts.
I think I know where I’m going in coming scenes, some sections more clearly than others, but it’s much harder to say if the end of the story will coincide with the 50,000 word mark, or even the 60,000! I’m hoping it won’t extend much beyond that, but as my writing friends always tell me…the story will be as long as it needs to be.
I’ve been pleased with my word count and the progression of the story so far. The writing is definitely a first draft, and it will need polish and possibly overhauling in the revision process. I find I can’t keep all the little details of character mannerisms and recurring references in mind when I write an initial draft, so that’s what I’ll be going back through to do in the future (probably in early 2020).