I am ten days in on NaNoWriMo and boy what a flight it has been, the first week was a buzz with ideas and mad, mad hours of writing. I would wake at 5am each morning complete my 2000 words and then go for a walk up the hill with my daughter encouraging me. At the top of the hill surrounded by mountains I would do my really bad rendition of the theme from Rocky and yell…..
“I can do this!”
My Daughter does not know the movie and laughs when she sees me do my Rocky dance at the top of my mountain.
I am 25,000 words in and on target, yet hitting the halfway mark is just the beginning. My hero is knee-deep in murder and mayhem, it does not look good for him now. Yet I know he will find his way to the end.
I am only starting to feel my sanity fizzle. I will be honest I worried from the very start that I would run out of steam. Each day I have taken Ginkgo for the brain and a multi-vitamin too! My plan was to write 2000 words a day and yet I would come back in the afternoons and add a bit here a bit there and realised I was clocking 2500 words which worked out to be 5000 every two days, it felt good every time I filled the bar just that little more.
Is it getting any easier you may ask? No, I am slow to rise, so heavy-headed, beyond belief, yet when I just sit at the computer it comes. Sometimes in a mad frenzy and sometimes as slow-paced fill-ins where the story needs link ups to scenes.
I tell myself I still have a long way to fly, yet fly I will, it is the first rough draft, yet the characters have shifted and shown their true colours. I hope I will continue at this level of production yet if I slow, I will still have plenty of days to finish. When I finally hear those words FINISHED I will smile and think about how mad it all was and how great my writing buddies have been to keep me going.
Watch me open those wings and fly through the next week, hopefully my muse is not angry with me, for I have punished her and pushed her to the limits.
How are your daily challenges going, share with the cross-eyed writer. Cheer me onwards it means so much to me.