Now that Camp NaNoWriMo is over, and I got my lovely winner icon (as a side note, I like how they used the “writing is like cultivating a garden” comparison for this year’s Camp), I can return to my favorite WiP.* It’s at about 80k words now and I suspect that by the time it’s done, it’ll be at about 100k. (But once again, I have to remind myself that word counts don’t really matter, especially for first drafts!)
Camp NaNoWriMo was a struggle, and I wasn’t even writing the actual story, so it made me appreciate my main WiP that much more. It’s not that often that I write and the words just flow out and I have to type even faster than usual just to keep up with it. Most of the time, I have to stop, think about what comes next, write a little bit more, repeat, and it takes me a lot longer to finish the scene. Not with this WiP, and I think it’s because when I was outlining it, I thought really hard about what the characters would do, not necessarily what I would do. The stories that flow the best, in my experience, are the ones driven by the characters’ actions and thoughts.
*WiP = work in progress. But it always makes me think of rappers/hip-hop guys, and how they refer to their car as a “whip.” Ah, if only every WiP was a new Mercedes!