After a slow start on Day One, I finally managed to get in over a full daily quota of 1,684 words. That brings my total word count on Day Three to 3,426. (Day Twos’ count was 1,207). Still short of the 5,000-ish I should be, but I’m happy to be gradually building up the word count each night.
I struggled early last night to make any sort of headway, so I decided to change tact a little bit and just let one of the characters tell me the story from their point of view. It turned out to be the right thing to do. Changing from third person (“he/she”) to first (“I”) also made a huge difference. Sam, (my character), turns out to be a bit of a loser, but he tells a great story.
So I decided to let him keep going tonight and he didn’t disappoint. I’m not sure how many words I can drag out of him, but I’m happy to let him prattle on. I discovered a couple of little plot points I didn’t know existed that I’ll be happy to incorporate somewhere along the line. All in all, it seems to be setting things up nicely, and Sam keeps throwing up questions that need to be answered further down the track. Hopefully, (and this is a bit of a spoiler), he doesn’t get himself killed before he tells me what happens.
The next big goal for my word count is to hit 15,000 words by C.O.E (close of eyes ie bed-time) Sunday night, which means getting in close to 4,000 words each for the next three days. Not impossible, but I have a lot of time on my hands this weekend, and I’m primed to pull an all-nighter tomorrow night with the assistance of some strong, hot coffee.
Until then, I’m off to bed. Some of us have a real job to go to in the morning.