The past week flew by and I somehow missed the end of the month. I was so motivated, I kept writing during Thanksgiving break. I really wasn’t expecting that and had planned on just taking the time off. It turned out that I really didn’t want to. While there was a lot of family to catch up with, there were some quiet times too, so I just kept my laptop close and wrote a chapter or so a day.
I was on track to hit 75K by midnight on the 30th, but on that very day, I found out that my brother had HBO and that I could watch Season 4 of Game of Thrones. I wrote a bit that day, but started watching TV around 3 PM and didn’t finish until around 3 am, including a few breaks. My head was spinning, but at least now I don’t have to wait until February/March. (Though I’ll still be anxious to have the DVDs.)
My final count for NaNoWriMo was just over 72K, which is still pretty respectable. Even better, I show no signs of slowing down. I don’t know if I’ll finish a first draft of Book 2 this month, but I think I’ll come close. I just passed the 1/4 mark (or so) tonight, so I’m very nearly on track. The middle is going to be very loooong and complicated, so I’m hoping I don’t get bogged down there. So far, I’m having a lot more fun with this one. Maybe it’s because it’s the second in a series so I can plunge right into the story without spending a lot of time introducing characters, establishing the setting, and so on. Or maybe it’s because I’m actually getting better at writing a novel. I sure learned a lot through trial and error on the first one. In any event, I feel like this book is going to be great and very exciting.