In 6 days of writing I have comfortably broken the 10,000 word barrier. I can now say to myself that I am 20% finished. It is a pretty awesome, awe-inspiring feeling as it makes be believe that writing a 50,000 word novel in a month is well within the reams of possibility. The fact that NaNoWriMo gives you daily word targets gives you a greater sense of exactly where you are in regards to completing your novel which in turn helps you keep your feet on your ground, and keep you focused.
At the moment I feel this project is far removed, and so different from anything I have ever written in my life. Whether it will end up as a failed experiment or something I can be proud of I don’t know. It’s exciting to be working on something which is pushing me as a writer. It is a million miles from my comfort zone. I have banned myself from reading it, and I shall do my level best to resist the temptation until November is finished, this way I can be assured that there will be at least one person excited to read it.
In the last update I was talking about how unusual words can come up when you write and grab your attention. The recent word which has fascinated me is ‘lambasted’. When you read it with a southern english accent it sounds like it means ‘to break something with a young sheep’.