NaNoWriMo Update (Part 1 – The Set Up)

It is Sunday night, day 13 of National Novel Writing Month.

I was planning on writing a post every week about my progress but I simply haven’t had the time. 
It’s tough writing 1,700 words a day for two weeks straight. 
But I’ve done it each and every single day so far this month. 
I’ve been giving updates on Twitter, but thought I’d give you a quick update here as well. 
As of right now, my novel is 
  • 70 pages
  • 7 Chapters
  • 22,114 words
I feel like I am off to a pretty good start.  
I just closed off Part 1 of the book a.ka. The Set Up. 
This first portion of the novel was all about establishing the characters and showing what is at stake. I think this portion may be a bit long right now. There are things I should probably cut out of the final manuscript. I was hoping to close this act in 50 pages or so, but I can tighten it all up during the revision stage. Right now, I just have to keep hammering on. 
Here’s a brief summary of what my book is about.

Eli Thomas keeps to himself. He stays at home most of the time and creates elaborate structures out of Lego blocks. His world is turned upside down when his nine year old neighbour discovers his art creations and helps him break out of his self-imposed isolation. But is Eli ready to get outside of the blocks? And is the world ready for a socially awkward Lego artist?

Next up, is Part 2 a.k.a. The Hero’s Response. When I finish this section, I will write the second update for NaNoWriMo.

Thank you to everyone who has cheered me along on this journey. I really appreciate it. 

2 responses to “NaNoWriMo Update (Part 1 – The Set Up)”

  1. Thanks Hilary!

    I'm having fun so far. Some days it feels like work and that I'm forcing myself to crank out words. But it's nice to have a deadline to motivate me. And I'm enjoying the story.