We're a little over halfway through NaNoWriMo, and well over halfway through our stories. We're still finding this to be a great project and very worthwhile, even though it is taking up a lot of our time and other things are being ignored. It's only for a month, right?
Eleanor had a slight word-count crisis the other day. She told met that she is confident that she can write 10,000 words, but is not sure her current story needs that many. So I cut her some slack and we adjusted her goal down to 6,000. Or is it 8,000? Anyway, I think we were overzealous at the beginning and don't feel too guilty about revising her goal downward. I am still not sure of the overall plot of her story but it involves an evil Vice President of the United States, the outlawing of homeschooling, and a prison break. It's funny and her main character is a twelve-year-old girl.
James is on track to meet his 10,000 word goal, but as Eleanor pointed out, "If he needs more words he can just add in another air strike or something." His story is of the futuristic dystopian science-fictiony sort. I hesitate to say "genre." There are lots of explosions.
My story coming along. I'm finding it hard to keep writing more words, though, and I feel the need for more research. Now and then I hit google to add a detail or get a general date for an event and find there is a ton of realistic history I could add, if I only had time to research it. The seminarian gave me a book and has sent me some websites with information that would really add to the story, but I don't feel I can spare the time to look at it and use it. I need to get my word count up. Thanksgiving looms and I am the cook, so I have to plan at least two days of not writing next week. But if/when revision time comes along, I can add those details later.
I still haven't told many people about our participation in NaNo. Yesterday I imagined myself telling one friend but as the conversation played out in my head I realized that she would find the idea preposterous and would tell me so. Anyone to whom I might complain about sleep deprivation, etc., would tell me to just go ahead and quit. After all, what do we get out of this? It's hard to explain that it's worth the sleep deprivation and the lousy meals just to do it.
I'm very thankful that the seminarian is on board with this. He is delighted that we're doing it and sees its value. His opinion is the only one that matters, right?
I already hope we do it next year!