I'm a sprint writer. I can get a fair amount of words out of a story in a relatively short period of time. However, I can't maintain a steady rate in my writing. Part of it is my commitements and part of it is that I would get burned out too easily. So, seven days late into NaNoWriMo, I finally got started. Yeah, I had a lot of goals to finish before then, and my deadline wooshed right past me while thumbing its nose. The stories I worked on have a slightly higher chance of getting my name out than the NaNoWriMo and CuteGod had the little work to do, but I finally got started.

The first thing I realized is that while I have been thinking about Case of the Morning Zombies for a few months, I actually never sat down and created notes on it. Things like what chapter goes where and what order of events. Oops. An hour of fast work got out the first ten chapters in outline form and I got to writing.

I had a good night, not a great one, but a good night. Just over six thousand words in three hours. I noticed a few things already. I'm having a very large problem with passive voice. Way too may "was" in my writing and its beginning to get obvious. More so when I'm rushing through the story to get it done instead of editing it. Probably time to work on that part of my craft a bit faster.

The other is the pacing. I aimed for about two thousand words a chapter, but I'm already on chapter five. I don't have the rest of them planned, but I'm afraid it will end up a short novel (somewhere around 75k words) instead of the full length novel I'm aiming for. Thinking about it, as long as I hid my minimum goal of 75k words, I think I'm pretty happy with it.

So, a great first day. :) Today, however, I need to work out and finish up Glorious Saber, so I suspect no writing. Thursday and Friday I plan on working on Morning Zombies, Saturday I have Exalted and Sunday I'm reinstalling my operating system to fix a bug with CuteGod.

Case of the Morning Zombies (NaNoWriMo, 6,286 of 75,000 words)

2007-11-07