NaNoWriMo-2 days in

No, I am not going to post long, esoteric ramblings about my feelings and how the writing went for every single day of NaNoWriMo. That would become boring even for me after the first week or so, and I think we all know how much I like to listen to the sound of my own voice.

What I will do is every few days give an update on my progress, and share one or two things that I have learned along the way, funny stories, etc.

Yesterday, on the first day of the whole shebang, I had to wrestle with my son over time with my desktop computer. Today, I didn't feel so great....blah, blah, blah.

The truth is that I STILL surpassed my word count requirement so far. There are people that have probably made their way to the halfway point already. There are probably people that haven't written a word-You know what, It's possible that the book already completed is unreadable drivel, and the person who hasn't come within 15 feet of their keyboard could not only finish in time, they may also write this years "Water for Elephants".

Me? I'm using NaNoWriMo as an excuse to get my novel d.o.mai.n off the ground, and all of the plotting I had done ahead of time has made it so much easier to stay on task. I did get a little high-centered at the end of one chapter, but I was able to work my way through it. (I am trying to keep my chapters around 2500 words roughly, and this chapter was either going to be 2100 or 2700....I found a way to get it in at around 2300. If it sucks I can always fix it during editing.)

Overall, I am very happy with the way that the novel is shaping up so far. I know that the voice that will emerge as I toil away to 50000 words will make the chapters written these first few days feel like they were written in crayon, and it will be hard to take a step back from this entire thing for a week or two before I start editing, but I think I can find something to occupy my time.

Maybe I will hand it over to a friend to "beta" test for me. Maybe I will get started on the media for the launch (book trailer, advertisement images, alternate reality game, etc) I did get started on one part of the alternate reality game before November 1st-Miles Torvalds Facebook page and Profile pic.

Here's a screenshot for those of you that would like to take a look-

So, the wheels are turning, and by the end of the month I should have a complete novel, which is not the same as having a finished novel. If this story is to be all that I think it can be, I will need to really tear it apart and massage out the knots, and that will take time. I will share bits and pieces along the way, and I hope that you all will decide to follow along and be part of this process.