This morning I woke up with my face on a pile of crumpled papers, some of the black ink from the pages on my fingertips and chin. I didn't recall passing out on an outline of "Lovefall" from Ashland's Asylum, but I did. I immediately wondered two things: 1.) Did I finish posting the second part of the Days 3&4 Blog? Did I reach goal yesterday? One of those answers is now obvious.
Here's an update on my progress from Days Three & Four of NaNoWriMo, as I head into Day Five. Check out not only the stats but also some of the changes in rating and mood that happened over time.
First and foremost, here are the stats in all of their glory. I fell a bit short of goal yesterday due to some unexpected slumber. I took a moment to review an older outline of "Lovefall" and take my eyes off of the screen (see migraines).
Somewhere around 1,666-1,685 words is the sweet-spot for achieving the NaNoWriMo goal of 50k words in the month of November. My personal goal is around 70k (I don't mind getting 50k this month and the rest next month), which puts me at around 2,605 words needed per day now. My math could be a little off. It's not exactly my thing.
One thing I wanted to share was the overall "rating" of "Lovefall"/Ashland's Asylum so far. While the first part of the story was family-friendly, by the end of Day Four I apparently brought the story to a place where children shouldn't go. And honestly, that is probably true. I knew Ashland's Asylum wasn't going to stick around PG-13 for very long.
One thing I noticed was that the rating did not flip from PG-13 to R until I introduced Lovefall's girlfriend. I'm not sure what that says there. There was quite a bit of violence and horror earlier in the story yesterday, but the rating was still at PG-13. I tossed in the girlfriend, who used a couple naughty words, and then the book was smacked with an R-rating. Rated R for Recommended.
THE FEELS (UPDATED)
Similar to the rating system, the mood behind the story has changed a bit over time. I believe this probably should happen. Last time, I discussed how with the system I use, these results could either reflect the author or the story. For my purposes, it should reflect more of the story. Taking a moment to step back from "Lovefall," I would say this is kind of how the story progresses so far.
At any rate, it's interesting to see how small differences in tone and word choice could really change the mood of the story.
THE WORDS, PT. II
Perhaps you would like to see the actual words the were used for the aforementioned data?