Well, ladies and gents, I started my novel today (well, technically yesterday; I really ought to be in bed)!
I have a grand total of 1,469 words, two scenes, and one (very short) chapter. The writing is going slow, but I really like what I have so far, which is exciting. 🙂 I’m expecting to be able to pick up the pace a bit once I get into the groove of the characters/world/voice.
Projected word count: 60,000-75,000 words. Er, hopefully. According to my outline, I’m going to have twenty-six chapters, none of which I expect to be any shorter than 3k, most of which I expect to be longer than that (with the exception of the first chapter). I did a little math, and concluded that 75k is a rather conservative figure. But you’ll have that.
At any rate, this has to be some kind of record for me, from initial idea to first draft stage—the outline took all of a week and a half! I’m hoping to have the rough draft completed by the end of February, a sort of off-season do-it-yourself NaNoWriMo (which, by the way, I still totally love even though I kinda failed at it last year). I shall keep you posted. 🙂
Here’s to crazy novel ideas and awesome characters who invade your brain!