There were a few other challenges (I am trying hard to not turn them into excuses). I wasn’t in my usual work environment and had to schedule my writing session before I left for the festival. The following day (Day #2 of NaNoWriMo) I spent driving back to New York (a 7-hour trip) and then conducting an online meeting for a Writing Intensive I am teaching. But I still managed to write something.
If you are participating in NaNoWriMo you can add me as a buddy (I am registered under GenWriter) and learn more about my chosen project from my NaNoWriMo profile), but here are ten quick facts (the basics) about what I am writing in November.
1. It is a work of nonfiction (probably “true crime” but I’m not sure I like that category).
2. The setting is "somewhere" in Pennsylvania (mid-late 1930s).
3. The story includes revenge, murder, and plenty of other twists and turns.
4. I have been spent more than 10 years researching for this book (writing on/off for 6).
5. The focus is not on family history, but I did extensive genealogy research for it.
6. The book is NOT about my family or anyone related to me in any way.
7. I have a co-author who is not participating in NaNoWriMo.
8. Structure: Three parts; Approx.15 chapters, Preface, Epilogue Appendix, Notes.
9. The story truly sounds more like fiction than nonfiction (but it really happened).
10. The narrative is complex and I really have no idea where it is going.
To elaborate a bit on #10, I keep wavering about the best way to present the story (chronological, flashback, or some sort of “creative compilation”? I only like about half of what we have written thus far. As I go through NaNoWriMo, I've considered tossing out most of it, salvaging some of the nuggets, and just starting over.
Week 1 NaNoWriMo Report Card
My word counts per day have ranged from my lowest 367 (Day 1) to my highest 1678 (Day 5), for a grand total to this point of 8,290.
For the record, I spent the first couple of days storyboarding my chapters. For the storyboarding process (as well as for writing) I am using Scrivener for Windows (desktop) and Scrivener for Mac (when I I am writing on my laptop). The Scrivener storyboard serves as my “bird’s eye view” of the project. The Dashboard on the NaNoWriMo site offers useful statistics. It
- Your Average Per Day __
- Words Written Today __
- Target Word Count (50,000)
- Target Average Words Per Day(1,667)
- Total Words Written __
- Words Remaining __
- Current Day __
- Days Remaining __
- At This Rate You Will Finish On ___
- Words Per Day To Finish On Time ___
In terms of the last two stats, I am not doing so well. My projected finish date is December 19, 2015 (this is beyond the official completion date), and to finish by then I will need to write 1,814 words per day. While this isn’t horrible, it isn’t great either. The bottom line is I really need to step it up if I am to “win” NaNoWriMo this year. It is not often that I back down from challenges so I am “in it to win it.” What I need is some serious seat time—this means “rear in chair” and “fingers on keyboard.”
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo 2015? How did you do during your first week in? I would be interested to hear about your successes, challenges and thoughts in the comments section.
Onward to Week 2!
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