Oh my. I had some things come up, and took a couple days off from writing. Apparently a couple days ballooned into a week before I noticed! I'm sitting at about 15,000 words, which is only about a fifth of where I should be? How could this have happened? What ever will I do?
Well, the good news is that I'm not out of the running yet. I got those first 15k done in about eight days. For the rest of this month, I have about four times as much free time as I did the first part of the month. This should be a cakewalk, right?
Wrong. There's only one problem. Fallout 3. I bought it, and I really shouldn't have. It's challenging to create my own world and have my own characters interact with it when I'm just watching too much Dr. Who. It's another when I've created another character in this game, and am interacting with the world and plot hooks of the creators. Actually, when I say it like that, it sounds a bit like I'm cheating on my novel's characters, galavanting around in some other floozy fictitious universe with its own characters and excitement.
But even so, I should be able to make a handsome showing in NaNoWriMo. I figure I can keep up about two to three thousand words a day till I get bored with Fallout, then ramp that up to about 5k for a big finish. It helps that I've been spared the task of cooking for Thanksgiving. I'll be able to pound away at my laptop while my wife's family does what ever it is they plan to do while waiting for the bird to roast. The only problem will be well-intentioned family asking about the story and stuff while I'm still working it out myself.
Although, when I stood in front of a few of my friends, and pitched the entire premise as if I were pitching a movie script, it made all kinds of things fall into place. It's kind of like writing, only several thousand times faster. Then, with the notes I took after I was done ranting off every detail, I was able to lay out about 3000 words, plus skeleton plot points for the next several thousand. It was fun to do that kind of cooperative brainstorming, and great to have that kind of productivity.
In the end, I've learned that it's a sinful delight not managing my free time efficiently. I think that might be the point of free time, now that I think about it. It sure feels good. Maybe not as good as having a finished draft at the end of the month (which I still intend to do), but at least I'm having a fun month no matter what.
Well, off to wrap up this evening's effort, then back to Fallout for a while before bed, for... ah... inspiration. Yeah, inspiration.