So I’m beginning to think 50,000 words won’t be quite enough.
I finished the prologue to my NaNoWriMo story about two days ago. It’s not quite 10,000 words long, which translates into about 20 pages single-spaced, almost a fifth of what the story would be. The first chapter, which I finished last night is a little more than 4,600 words (about 9 pages). If I was nice to the left side of my brain, I would try to continue with about-ten-page chapters, which would amount to about 8 chapters in the book, which I’m doubting will be enough space to tell the story. Sure, I could probably tell the rest of it in about 35,000 words, but it would look thrown together and the characters would develop like old film that had spent too much time in the heat. Not a pretty picture.
This means I might be spending significantly more time on 750words.com than I originally thought. 750words.com is a website for writers who want to establish a serious daily routine of writing. It counts words, for one thing, setting a minimum of 750 a day to actually count for anything. The site also reads the words you use and analyzes them for updates on your subconscious state of mind. For the most part, I think this is a bit blarney-ish, but the other information the site offers about your writing style is coming quite in handy for understanding my writer self. So far, I’m averaging more than 1,000 words a day, some quite a bit more than that. It’s beginning to look like there will be several more thousand-plus word days in the next month and a half or so if I want to finish the story, not just the 50,000 words by the last day of November.
On a lighter note, I’ve finally been able to find names for the characters in my prologue and even some for the rest of the story. I hadn’t thought to use random name generators before, choosing to slave over notepads trying to think of my own, which turned out less than spectacularly, but the one I found was fantastic. It gives you the option for a truly random name or one that fits within the parameters you give it, such as ancient, mythological, historical, regional/national names, and even options for fairy, witch, hillbilly, and transformer names. I think I’ve found another website to add to my reference list.
So now I’m off to start work on the rest of my story, which, thankfully for my lack of real research takes place in our own time, so I am free to include technology I am more familiar with. I’m beginning to think that this may result in some late writing nights for me, so, if you will, please pass the coffee.