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Day 5 - Aspen Allegations - NaNoWriMo 2012

Day 5 was another challenge in terms of writing. My work life caused me to have to stay up until 6am. Sometimes I am definitely a night owl and this is "normal". However, on my current schedule I was beyond exhausted and barely surviving. I slept until 2pm, did some more server work until 6pm, and then collapsed again. Finally after my nap ended at 9:30pm I woke up feeling a bit more human and able to write.

Today's chapter was introducing another important character - the son of the slain man. It was also reinforcing the characters I had introduced so far, so that they became stronger in the reader's mind. I had wanted to go out to the cemetery where a scene took place, but it just didn't work out. I'd been there several times before so I didn't mind much - I could write the location from memory. And of course I could go out after the month was up to flesh out any remaining details. The core was solid.

I am enjoying the process immensely. It is not rushed or forced at all. At the end of each time span I am content with what I wrote, and happy with how the story is moving forward.

The NaNoWriMo website is fairly cool. Here is an image of how it is tracking my daily progress. It tells you your overall progress, your daily average, your words today, your average words per day, and the words remaining. It even calculates if you keep writing at this rate when you will finish. I love the graph!

I am glad I am "higher than the typical line" because to me 50,000 is fairly short. My novels tend to fall between 71,000 words and 114,000 words. So that means the 50,000 word mark is only half as long as my longest book. I have a length that "works well" in my mind, to tell a story fully, and I want to have this book meet my own inner guidelines.

Day 5 NaNoWriMo Progress

Time Spent: 50 minutes
Words Today: 2,217
Total Words: 12,560

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