As the first 15 days come to a close, I still feel optimistic. I’m half way there. On November 1st, NaNoWriMo stood before me like a monster demanding words, and I’ve been feeding it more or less on time each and every day. What’s more is I like what I’m writing. I like it a lot.
The novel I’m writing, Suicide House, was one that I sort of, kind of, half-assed outlined in the weeks leading up to NaNoWriMo. At the half way point, I’ve written many unexpected scenes. The story has taken some turns that were in no way part of the outline I cooked up, but at the same time, the overall story arc is very much intact. I’m getting to know my characters quite well. Hailey, Connor, Julien, and Molly have already been through a lot and when I’m done with the novel, I want to go back and add more character development for each of them. Especially Hailey, my main character.
Finding time to write has been challenging. Writing at home comes with the distractions of loved ones, and loneliness has always been my best muse, so Starbucks has been getting a lot of my business. In the evening hours, once I put my son to sleep, I go and enjoy the crowded anonymity while I write. I can be ignored. On my days off from work I go to the library; I find I’m able to be quite productive there.
My plan for the second half of the month is to keep doing what I’m doing. Right now, the characters are in the house and they’ve found some interesting and terrifying things. I can’t wait to see how they react to the further horrors that await them in Suicide House.