And then I got lost...
Here's the thing about mysteries: the connections, the lies, the misinformation, and misdirections can really get confusing.
As you'll recall from Day 1, I didn't really plan this project out. It was a high level plan. But maybe I should have done a bit more work on the puzzles, the mysteries and interrelations between the characters.
So I took a bit of time yesterday and drew a relationship diagram. Basic idea is that you list all the characters as bubbles. Then you connect them (one to many, many to many) and in the connection explain how they are related or what motivates their connection.
What that did for me was clarify why my silly characters were doing weird things. It turns out, my subconscious was onto something with some of the decisions it made. So I cleaned up the relations and suddenly a whole slew of opportunities presented themselves.
I violated my law of "don't revise." I went back to a couple of the chapters that had been off-course and I revised them. And I got to tell you, I love what I'm seeing. I took a step back to help move the flow, and in the process I added more words.
Day 14's total: 1,862
Not too shabby given that this was all revision based. More importantly, I am 14 days into the 30 day event, and I have just passed the 40,000 word mark (where's my chocolate?). I'm starting to feel confident. But I won't count my bacon, until the eggs are scrambled... or something like that.
Fight the good fight!