November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNWriMo. Each year, hundreds of thousands of writers take on the challenge of writing 50,000 word of a novel in the month of November.
This year, for the first time, I am one of them.
It’s day four of NaNoWriMo, and it’s safe to say I’ve found it a challenge so far, but I’m feeling positive overall. Here’s an overview of the first few days:
#Day 1: I was definitely nervous about getting my word count in. 50,000 words in 30 days translates to just over 1600 words per day, and I didn’t know how it would feel to have to write so much each and every day. However, I got off to a good start, writing 1782 words in about an hour and a half. Day 1 was a Sunday, though, so there’s no guarantee it will be as easy to fit in my writing during the week.
#Day 2: I planned ahead on Sunday night to give myself plenty of time to write in the morning. This worked well and I managed 1566 words, which I was happy with considering my progress yesterday.
#Day 3: I knew how many words I needed to write on day 3, and kept a careful eye on my wordcount to be sure I could achieve it. This worked well and on day 3 my overall progress was 5080 words – 10% of the way there!
#Day 4 (today): for the first time, I started writing today without looking at my wordcount and having a goal in mind. I just wrote and let the words flow, and when they stopped flowing, I looked at how much I’d written. I managed about 1000 words without running out of steam, and in the process had a couple of ideas for scenes I could work in to improve the story, so adding these took me up to about 1500 words. According to my NaNoWriMo stats, I still need another 158 words today, but for now I’m happy to step away from my keyboard.
The first few days have gone well so far, but I know my shifts at work next week may get in the way of me writing so much in the mornings like I have this week. I may have to change my writing schedule to write in the evenings rather than the morning, but for now, I’m very happy with my progress.
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