It is well over the halfway point of SoCNoC and I have only just reached the halfway point of my story. It turns out that I will run out of story before I run out of word count. Hmmm, interesting position to be in.
But then the story is a Paranormal suspense Romance, and as such, I could add more of the paranormal in, plus there is another scene I want to add in closer to the beginning, creating more tension between the two main characters before they actually do get it together.
However, the story will still not run to the full word count of 60k, nor will it reach 50k – and I don’t want to pad it out or edit it as I go, but I have found myself doing that in the earlier chapters, just to find places to add more to it.
Padding isn’t something I am comfortable with, but as a writer friend pointed out, just make sure I have the five senses engaged – sight, sound, taste, touch and feel – and that should add more words. Some people will just write for the sake of adding word count, but that isn’t something I have done. I like to follow the story rather than win the competition. This is the second year I have participated since my depression – last year I did HalfNoc, and didn’t complete it. I have unofficially won HalfNoc, but I wanted that Novel.
I’m not disappointed, in fact I love the story – yes, it is rough (very bloody rough!), but I have it down (and backed up!), so I have something to work with.
I still have 9 days to complete the challenge, and who knows, miracles happen all the time – maybe something will come to me in the middle of the night, or brainstorm with a friend. You just never know.