So Close To Goal? Already?

Alright, more Camp NaNo ramblings here.

On Tuesday’s post, I had said I was at 18.7k words all together (roughly).

Three days later, I’m now at 28k.

My goal is 31k.

I have a feeling I’m going to hit that tomorrow. Only ten days into the month…

As soon as I hit 30k, I am upping my goal to 50k for the month. If by some miracle, I get close to hitting that before the goal change cut off dates, I’m upping my goal to 60k. I was going to be ecstatic if I hit 50k, now I’m going to be ecstatic if I hit 60k or higher for this month.

Over the past two days, I have felt like I’m burning myself out a bit though. It was hard to get myself started. Once I hit the keyboard though, it just started flowing like every other time I write. So maybe it’s just that initial “get going” sort of phase. I was distracted for most of the day before I actually started writing or I could have hit that 31k today I’m sure. (YouTube, Facebook, and Wattpad are major time sucks and determinates to writing.)

Although, I did have laundry to do today as well. I was also supposed to plan out some upcoming chapters for this novel, but I ended up not doing that. Maybe I’ll plan a little on my break at work tomorrow.

The farther I get into this novel, the more I’m realizing it might end up being a little longer than I anticipated. I think. I’m not very good at estimates. As of today though, Darkness Becomes Her has officially broken over 100 pages long in Word. It’s just under 50k at the moment, too.

This is thee farthest I’ve gotten with a story. Well, a novel I should say. I’ve finished short stories a few times. Novel attempt wise this is my best so far. Breaking Point hasn’t even come close to this. That novel is about 40 pages long or so? I can’t remember exactly, but with Camp this month, I have BLOWN that record away. I’ve written 59 pages so far in this story in ten days.

The more I write, the more excited I’m getting. This story/series/book has been the baby I’ve been nursing in my head for years. This is the series I want to get published. Not self publish, but actually get published by an agency. (Of course, if that doesn’t happen, I will self publish it. I’m hoping the former will happen though. I’ve got high hopes for this series.) I’m starting to wonder if I’m rushing things a bit, but that’s what the editing process is for, right?

I mean, I have some notes planned out, I have more I need to make and such. I’m following what I wanted — minus when my characters are starting to throw me curveballs! Like the last couple chapters they threw me a few. Though this last curveball in the current chapter is actually perfect, it’s going to really set up a thought process for later in the book. It’s a stand out moment.

Anyways, with me being so close to my original goal, I can’t help but sit here and ask myself, “What the hell took you so long to light a fire under your ass like this?”

Honestly, I tried for months to really get going. Now I feel like some switch has been flicked in me. I’m getting into a habit of writing, and the more I do each day this month (I haven’t missed a day yet!), the more I’m finding it easier to stick too. I’m not losing ideas so quickly or forget where I was going.

I have learned my lesson on the note taking bit. I’ve been making hand written notes, and leaving myself notes in the Word doc as well. I’ve finally caught on to that little bit.

Funny story on that one:

Yesterday, with the one curveball my character threw me, she was supposed to go outside and play in the snow with her parents. Well, she ended up wanting to play a board game (Candy Land). A board game I have not played in I don’t know how long.

A board game that I ended up pulling out of my closet (no idea why I still have it) and took to my parents to play as a refresher course. As research.

Yes, you heard me right. I played Candy Land to remember the game so I could write it for my character. The odd looks I got from my parents were awkward and priceless all at once. Needless to say, I won too. Lol.

Anyways, I think that about sums my ramblings up for Camp in the past couple of days.

Minus what is going on in the chapter I’m on now. Not a pretty scene. I forget how evil and dark my villain can be at times… Then it makes me wonder, what dark hole did you crawl out of in my mind? I’m not sure I want to know, honestly.

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