Two weeks ago, on November 13th, I started writing a novel for NaNoWriMo. Sure, I should have started on November 1st, since the whole point is that November is National Novel Writing Month. But the first 2 weekends were tied up with travel to Camp Allen (Cursillo and the Evangelism Conference – both are worthy causes). And I do have a full-time job that keeps me busy.
Meanwhile, our tenants moved out of a rental property (leaving us with plenty to clean/repair) and we’ve had some challenges with the flip house. The flip house is currently not on the market as Mr. H. is finishing repairs to the garage floor, following repairs to the sewage line, following repairs to the foundation. He’s going to paint/finish the garage and we’re going to increase the asking price for the house. At least, that’s the plan. The point is, I’ve also had some extra-curricular challenges.
On Day 1 of my novel writing effort (November 13th) I finished fewer than 500 words. Not a problem if Day 1 was November 1, but I was almost halfway into the month. I limped along, trying to get rolling, building steam, anticipating the Thanksgiving Holiday. My assumption was that the 2,000 mile round trip to my sister’s house in Georgia would offer many plenty of opportunity to write and write and write. I was partially right, but there were also plenty of distractions and demands on my attention, as I am the chief co-pilot and navigator. Not to mention that family visits require, well, visiting.
My daily word count has steadily increased. I’m now cranking out several thousand words per day. As of today, my total word count is just under 20,000 words. I need to write 10,000 words per day for the next 3 days in order to “succeed” in this year’s challenge. No matter what happens, I’m glad that I’m forcing myself to press on.
During our family visit, I solicited plot twist ideas and received two: a fiery explosion and a prison riot. I’ve incorporated both. I would appreciate any additional suggestions. These ideas are a great way for me to add words. Don’t worry about relevance or continuity, that’s the fun I get to have with your ideas.
Please leave a comment with your plot twist suggestion(s).