National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an event for which writers buckle down in an attempt to complete 50,000-word stories during the month of November, is nearly halfway over. This week, the authors we are following have shared their favorite characters, favorite sentences and their current word counts.
To be on track with their word counts, writers should be finished with just under 20,000 words by the end of tonight. Some of our participants are ahead of schedule, while others remark that they are "pitifully" behind. Either way, they've been sacrificing television-watching and lots of sleep in order to achieve their word count goals.
Check out what these WriMos from around the world, including a stay-at-home mom and a published author living in the Middle East, have to say about their works-in-progress:
WriMo: Marita, 37, Australia
What's your favorite sentence that you wrote this week?
"In photos of Jimi at the same age, he is diving into the camera's frame, already in flight."
Describe a character in your book that you're fond of.
Phil, the oldest of the Hope kids, is a social climber desperate to escape his quirky past. He's ditched his birth name, Fidel, and reinvented himself in real estate. But deep down his bond to his family remains strong, and when they're under threat, he's spurred into action. He's the funniest character, and the most fun to write.
How many words have you written so far?
It's Day 12 for me, and I've written 20,053 words.
Where and when have you been doing most of your writing?
My phone alarm, which sounds like a cricket, goes off at 5:55 AM. By 6:00 AM, I'm at my desk. I wake before my toddler, which feels like I'm contravening a law of nature, so I have to tiptoe upstairs to our attic. There are skylights in the roof, and because it's summer here, it's light and warm once I start typing.
Have you had to sacrifice anything in the past week in order to devote yourself to your writing?
Twice I didn't reach my target in the morning and had to write in the evenings (including Friday night). But sacrificing some forgettable TV shows and forgoing a few end-of-week wines was not, in the scheme of things, such a great loss.