So it’s the first day of NaNoWriMo, and after about an hour total, I’m up to 1072 words. At 1000 words per hour, this will take me roughly 50 hours to complete, thus averaging out to about 1 1/2 hours per day to complete. I think this is a low estimate, so either I just have a lot to say, or I’m optimistic about how long I can keep up that pace.
I almost started writing last night at midnight just because I’d really been looking for the excuse to write… but alas I couldn’t stay up that long and conked out at about 11:30. I was able though to get up a little early and get some writing in before anyone else got up. Made me tired as heck this afternoon, but the peace and quiet was glorious.
I’ve been using Google Docs since I’m usually pretty mobile and can switch to up to 4 different computers during the day, depending on who’s around me and if they need the computer I’m currently working on. Since I didn’t have much luck with the USB thing (overwriting info FTL!), and apparently I have never learned my lesson with regard to backups, Google Docs made perfect sense. It basically does everything Open Office and Word does, and even throws in a few extra bonus items. Not only can you share your doc with others (of course) it gives me info I need such as word count, and of course keeps track of revisions so I can roll back if I completely F something up.
One thing I didn’t know about Google Docs, which turned out to be pretty cool is the info they give you on the Flesch- Kincaid Readability Tests (Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level) and the Automated Readability Index . Basically these indicators tell you how easy it is for someone to understand your writing. Right now I’m at a level of 67.5, which is just about at the “Reader’s Digest” level… 8th & 9th graders can easily understand my writing. I haven’t decided yet if that’s a good thing.
At any rate, the first day was/is exciting and even though I have no idea what my novel is about or where it’s going (something I’ve never actually done before- I usually have it all neatly planned out beforehand), I find it refreshing to see how it all pans out. I think I’ll be just as surprised as my reader.
I don’t have a title yet, or a plot, but it’s set in the future and the main character is a space age undertaker who’s job it is to transport and ship dead bodies out into space (since the earth has become so overcrowded, cemeteries on any habitable tract of land have been gobbled up by eminent domain). Wonder what’s going to happen.