Last year I wrote 10,000 words on Nov. 1. This year I have 10,199 as of Nov. 3, which keeps me almost exactly on track for 100K. The novel isn’t flowing as quickly as some others have, but it is coming steadily, and I’ve written several very good (IMO) scenes. In case you haven’t read past posts, Burning Darkness is a psychological horror novel. One of my minor characters is already starting to scare me. As in, I’m a little worried he’s going to appear in the hallway when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. He gives me the same feeling as I sometimes get after watching a particularly scary horror movie. So I’m taking that as a sign that the writing is good. If it scares me, it should scare my (someday) readers too. So yay to that. 🙂
In other NaNo related news, their site is incredibly slow, and it’s driving me (and all the other Wrimos in the world) insane. I’m barely able to check the regional forum to make sure everyone is playing nicely, much less the less important forums that I still love (NaNo Soundtracks in particular.) I guess it means more writing time, but it’s still frustrating. I checked the stats last night (11/4) and in 2009 167,150 people participated. This year there are 183,680 already…and I think something like only two-thirds of participants usually sign up by Nov. 1. So I understand why the site is so slow, but it’s still a bit frustrating. It’s even more reason for you to donate to the Office of Letters and Light (the parent non-profit that runs NaNo.) If they get enough donations, maybe they can upgrade their servers, or do whatever needs doing to make the website faster next year…because if they’re growing this much, chances are it will be crazy next year too! Which overall is great.
Finally, my NaNoWriMo status. 13,541 words, which puts me 205 over where I need to be. A small cushion, but better than none at all.