Day 1 Word Count: 1683
I have a world.
I have a magic system.
I’ve got the skeleton of an economics systems.
I’ve got my list of special resources that tie in with the magic.
I have a map.
When the clock ticked over from October 31 to November 1, I had one scene idea and 3 unnamed characters.
I’m doing this completely backwards of how I normally do it!
Even so, I sat down yesterday morning and started to set up my Scrivener document. It couldn’t figure out how to get one of the windows I wanted open and in my desperate clicking around (while crying, “I should be writing!!!”), I accidentally opened a window I didn’t know how to close, then found out it was incredibly useful, so it got to stay open. I used the name generator in Scrivener to come up with a list of names to jump start things, and started writing that one scene I had in mind.
I’m 2600 words in now and still writing that scene.
I don’t usually get that sort of distance out of my scenes. My average seems to be around 1000 to 1500, so I’m pretty pleased with 2600, even though I’m really pantsing it at this point of the story. It think I’ve got a few info dumps in there that will need to be pulled out later, but since I’m so clueless about this story I’m writing, they’re helpful to me for now. Plus, I’ve had a few other scenes come to mind while writing, so I’ve added them to note cards in Scrivener.
Downside to having no plan yesterday and having to spend some time finding names and getting things set up is that I didn’t make my personal goal of 2000 words. I got just above the 1667 word recommendation, but I did make it. This is the first NaNo where I haven’t written over 2000 on Day 1.
Well, it can’t be helped. I do need a buffer, because I’ve still got Redwall Survivor going on as well. I’ve got a draft for a post written for the next round, but I hate it at the moment, so I’ll need some serious revision time before it goes up. 😛 Let the November juggling act commence!
Who else is a part of the literary madness this month? Anyone have any advice for doing NaNo as well as another project?