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Yeah, I'm not doing these every day this time around. Just from time to time.

NaNoWriMo Day Five
Target: 8330
Written: 10103
Position: +1773

So, the ten thousand word mark falls by the wayside, one-fifth of the way to 50K. And yet there's no way I'm one-fifth of the way through Mister Phoenix. In fact, it's barely started. It's the weirdest thing I've ever written, or perhaps the most normal. This is most decidedly not a genre novel; no monsters, no aliens, no faeries, no gore [1]. Just... characters and situations, and exploring them. So it's the ten thousand word point, and my narrator is really only just meeting Mister Phoenix himself, and still has no idea who or what this mysterious man is.

Usually, when I'm doing NaNo, I'll write a short chapter a day, tweo thousand words. I am writing two thousand words a day, that's a comfortable amount for me to do in my tea breaks, lunch break and sometimes a bit after work but before I get picked up by my sweety, but they're not chapters. In fact, I haven't written any chapters at all. It's all just one big flow. I will divide it once it's finished, give it some structure, but for the moment I love the fact that I don't feel the need to aim for a chapter resolution every two thousand words, I can just let it take whatever shape it chooses. I think this might be quite a long book, though I have no idea at this stage exactly how long, since I really don't know what's going to happen in anything more than a vague way. A hundred thousand? At least. Two? Three? Could be. Who knows? Basically, it'll be as long as it wants to be, in the end.

This is a whole new novel writing experience for me. A novel writing experience, you might even say.

[1] Well, okay, maybe a little gore... I gotta be me, after all!


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