I’m writing, then not writing, then writing again. It’s the usual story – fitting the writing process into the reality of other aspects of my daily life. The NaNo challenge is into its twentieth day. The statistics are piling up. I’m past 32,000 words. (If you want to track my progress click on the NaNo icon in the sidebar.) Last year WriMos worldwide logged an accumulated total of 1,643,343,993 words. As of today, just two-thirds of the way through this year’s effort, we have already logged 1,448,554,647 and the number is increasing by approximately 72.5 million a day. That’s a lot of words!
It’s interesting to read comments on some of the NaNoWriMo forums and the blogs of other WriMos. We’re a diverse bunch – some otherwise non-writers who thought it would be fun to write a novel as long as it only took a one-month commitment, and some long-time writers who use the concentrated writing frenzy to re-energize themselves and/or push through a specific project.
About now, however, one thing we all have in common is the ups and downs of inspiration. We’re alternately slogging our way through billowing clouds of discouragement, trying to make something of weak plots and pathetic characters, and then rejoicing in the periodic breakthroughs that bring sunlight into our stories.
In these next ten days may there be more sunshine than clouds!