||[Nov. 1st, 2006|10:42 am]
It's a great feeling to be ahead in NaNo. I mean, I suppose I was last year as well, though since I was aiming for a goal quite a bit higher than 50,000, it felt much more precarious. Today is the first day of Novemeber, only nine and a half hours in, in fact, and I already have over 2,000 words. I've already made my quota for today, and it's entirely feasible that I will make another 2,000 words sometime tonight.
I went to the Denny's kick-off party in my area, which was fun. I got comments on both my giant 'laptop' and my costume, which was the same as from the wedding. The fifteen-odd people there all were chatting as the time steadily ticked down to midnight - at which point, the room went silent.
Well, perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration. There were other people there who were not NaNo'ers, and they were still talking, but our group went conspicuously quiet aside from the tak-tak-tak of fingers striking keyboard keys and the sh-sh-sh of pens and pencils gliding over paper. There were prizes for reaching 1,000 words, and I got one, a mug with cherries on it.
At about 1:30am I packed up and made my way home, the proud producer of 2,000-odd words.
Of course, as almost any NaNo'er does, as soon as I got home I put them into NaNo. This necessitated opening the Word document containing them, and I skimmed over what I had written. I know it's a NaNo no no. I'm about half way through the first scene (of forty-eight, at 2,000 words!), and I'm cautiously happy with them. Rough. I don't think the dialogue between Christine and Kevin has the right snap to it; it sounds too forced. I don't think I'm capturing Christine quite right, she's coming off as a bit more Dana than really is good, specifically in that she sounds too whiny.
Well, personalities need a bit of a gentle touch in this story, given the background.
I think I'm going to make it this year.