The door to the lecture hall closed with a treacherous creak and click. Eighty heads turned in unison toward the unexpected noise. Professor Francis smiled at the strawberry-blonde student who had just entered. It was not a friendly smile.
“Leanora! How good of you to join us. Found a slot in your busy schedule?”
Eyes searching for an empty seat, Leanora did her best to ignore the professor’s jeering. She hurried over to the far corner of the hall and sat with a vaguely mumbled apology, fishing her notebook and a pen from her sagging bag.
This is how Chapter 1 opens. After some debating with Boyfriend, this is what I chose to tease you with. I think it’s a strong and direct opening. What do you think? Does it grab your attention? Do you want to keep reading?
Today has been rather slow, though I have reached almost the same amount of words as I did yesterday which is slightly above the NaNo recommended daily words. It’s a lot of dialogue today, and I don’t write that with the same ease as longer descriptive passages. I’m still writing and though I’m taking a break for dinner and a movie in a bit, I am likely to keep writing later. I want to introduce the character that will introduce and help drive the plot, but it’s nerve-wracking. I want to do it right, without overdoing or overstating. And of course, since this is NaNo, I’m not allowed to obsess.
I’m doing alright with the obsessiveness. Not great, but pretty good. I’m trying not to freak out over other people’s word count and comparing it to mine, and I’m trying not to let the little details side-track me. It’s a tough learning experience to be sure, and this is only Day 2!
A thing I’m a bit unsure about is chapter length. Right now my chapters average at about 2,000 words which I suspect is quite small. Since this is, after all, a (really) rough draft there’s plenty of space for embellishment in the chapter length without making it overlong. Or at least I think so.
Depending on interest I’ll possibly post some dialogue snippets tomorrow to see what people think of the pacing. It feels very slow and contrived but I’m aware that that’s mostly my critical brain talking.