NaNoWriMo 2009 has started off with a bang. Author sign ups and site activity are breaking all previous records and by Chris Baty’s last published account, Wrimos racked up over 4 million words in the first day! I’m proud to say that 2,639 words of those are mine.
I have to admit, after all my excitement, sitting down and writing those first words were incredibly intimidating. Last year, I had already begun my novel. I didn’t count any of my previously written words in my final count but I was already in the flow of writing, I already knew where my story was going and I already had a good handle on my characters. This year I am starting completely fresh–not to mention that I haven’t been in the habit of writing for several months. All I’ve been doing lately is editing. I was surprised at how quickly it came back to me, though. Once I got started, it was like riding a bike.
Getting to know new characters are like getting to know new friends and already, I’m falling in love with the older Japanese father-figure in this book. I’m really looking forward to seeing how he develops the story and points my main character in the right direction.
Wrimos out there, have you started your novel yet? How’s it going so far?