I’m currently at 42,567 NaNoWriMo words, after a 5K word blast yesterday and another 1K jolt this morning. I plan two short sessions today with the aim of reaching 4.5K words today, leaving just 4K for the final day.
As for the actual content of the novel: You know how some writers repeatedly explore the same general themes in their work, and how these themes may map to their personal obsessions? Apparently I am obsessed with people hiding in basements and crawl spaces of the homes of their loved ones. I had no idea that this was an obsession of mine — I don’t think about it on a daily or weekly or even monthly basis, or in fact ever — but once again in this novel someone is hiding in a basement storage area. And stealing food from other people’s refrigerators. I swear I have never done these things myself and I don’t know how they keep reappearing in my plots. But there you go.
Also, there is now another dead body, this one apparently killed somewhere and then brought in secret and placed in the narrator’s apartment, while the narrator was not there. Combine this with the chocolate revolver and we see that this book is turning out less like a Raymond Chandler novel and more like Murder By Death.
Still to come: The revelation of what the book is about, the big confrontation scene, the protagonist’s facing of fears and overcoming the big obstacle. It’s all still a mystery to me, so it’s exciting to know it has to all come to light soon.