What Week Two slump?

Traditionally, week two of NaNoWriMo is where it all goes downhill. Plots fail, word counts flounder, characters flail uselessly. Week Two is where it gets "interesting".

Wash: This landing is gonna get pretty interesting.

Mal: Define "interesting"

Wash: [deadpan] Oh God, oh God, we’re all gonna die?

Serenity, 2005

The same thing often happens on a larger scale with your second NaNoWriMo novel. I made the 50k, but the story was depressing, and I’m never writing chick lit again. My third NaNo was firmly back in the sci-fi camp, and it was an awesome ride, despite starting a week late. I had fun with the fourth one too, which leaned slightly towards fantasy. This is my fifth year doing NaNo and I started week two ahead of my personal schedule with a comfortable cushion of words between me and oblivion.

River Tam: Put a bullet to me. Bullet in the brain pan. Squish.

Serenity, 2005

Monday night my bad guy barged into a scene where he wasn’t supposed to be, and seriously advanced the plot. My sidekick has been helping everyone get established, and it’s about time for a new character to step in. Things are going surprisingly well and I should hit 30k by the weekend.