Whew, the last four days have been a whirlwind, with the World Fantasy Convention bleeding right into National Novel Writing Month. I have written before about how I decided to take a different approach for NaNoWriMo 2010, and I’m already finding the going tougher this year because I’m tackling short stories instead of a full, continuous novel. This means that I can’t plow ahead as freely, since plots need wrapping up and new plots have to start—often in vastly different settings and in different POVs.
The report so far as of Day 2: I’m in the middle of the second story and have reached 7,021 words total. This puts me two days ahead of schedule, and gives me breathing room when I need to plot out some of the upcoming stories.
Day 1 started in Columbus, OH at the end of the convention. I started writing the first story in the hotel bar at the stroke of midnight. The next day, I continued to write in the airport while waiting for my flight from Columbus to Atlanta. That got me to 3,564 words total the first day. I didn’t get any writing done on either flight to Atlanta or Los Angeles, and I was worn out when I got to L.A. I managed to write yesterday’s Black Gate post and then crash on my bed.
Up early-ish today, I ran a few post-vacation errands, and then headed to the Beverly Hills Public Library, where I finished the first story. This means that the entire 4,600-word work was originally typed on my Alphasmart NEO. Man, I love that machine.
Tonight I attended my first Write-In, one of the busiest I’ve seen, at the Novel Café on Ocean Park in Santa Monica. I started my second story here, and got it up to about 2,400 words while having an iced latté. (It’s too warm in L.A. right now to drink the hot variety.)
So, over the course of the day, I switched from a first-person contemporary tale set mostly along mid-Wilshire, to a third-person story set in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. You can get whiplash from doing this. At least I’m ahead of schedule . . . some of the upcoming stories promise to make life during November even weirder.
More news as it develops.