Fear, focus, and the future. Here, C.M. Humphries writes about whatever.
After posting the Days Three & Four: The Words entry, I started thinking about how much writing I could realistically achieve while adulting without wanting to blow my brains out. I still wanted to aim for as close to 70k words this month, but NaNoWriMo's goal was 50k.
If nothing else, I could knock out the 50k this month and work on some of the more taxing stories such as "Familiar Facades" and "Ashland's Asylum" in early December.
None of these stories are going to stay the same length, mind you. For instance, "Lovefall" is already nearing 10k words. By the time I finish editing a version of this draft I may or may not like, the entire story will be between 15-20k words. And not all of the stories in Ashland's Asylum as necessarily going to be as long as "Lovefall." "Strife," for instance, is expected to be under the 10k mark. Those aforementioned taxing stories, on the other hand, will be longer.
Going back to the 50k word count for NaNoWrimo.
I was a bit shy of where I needed to be for the 50k goal, so today was about catching up. If I needed 1,666+ words/day to reach 50k by the end of November, then I needed to knock out over 3,333 words today. If there were more hours in a day, I would have liked to rounded the number out to 4,000.
But I did it: 37 words over goal! As long as I can keep slinging 1,666+ words/day from here on out, I'll be on track for the NaNoWriMo goal. 2,333+ words/day for the 70k goal.
I'm going to review this information later on and perhaps write a separate entry about it, but another change I noticed was the mindset of the writing. For the most part, the four characteristics stayed the same except for "certain" on Day Four and "uncertain" on Day Five.
Some of this might have to do with the plot. Day Four started with Lovefall focused on getting back home after a long day's work at the Douglas Lumber Mill. It involves a train, but I won't go spoiling everything. Day Five's writing focused around Lovefall discerning his environment during the afternoon and an awkward dinner in the evening.
However, there is the theory writing and reading is a lot like meditation, so perhaps the mindset has a little to do with me. But wouldn't that suggest the opposite results? We'll get into this more during another entry.
Yet another change.
This is one I like to see change day to day as I write. While the tense isn't going to change too much in "Lovefall" (outside of future tense, which has to do with the fact he thinks he can foresee death right before it happens), the Primary Sense is completely different.
It's kind of nice to see Us and Them vary too, as "Lovefall" is a first-person narrative.
Holding strong with that R-Rating, though . . .
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