Sunday, November 9, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 | Week One

First off, if you don't know what NaNoWriMo is - it's a writing challenge that is to write 50,000 words in a month (November, to be specific). And I've been tweeting and updating my writing tumblr daily.

I meant to do this and post this on the eighth, after the first full week (seven days) of NaNoWriMo - but among all the writing and trying to squeeze reading in, it just completely slipped my mind. It might be a bit late, technically, but I still wanted to do it.

So I posted a picture of my stats on my writing tumblr for every day this week, so I won't post them here as well. However:
Day One (50,210)
Day Two (60,278)
Day Three (67,654)
Day Four (77,870)
Day Five (88,109)
Day Six (101,337)
Day Seven (109,087)

And I did it! I wrote 50,000 words day one. I wrote fifty thousand words on day one. I'm still bewildered and confused and it's a blur of sugar, caffeine, and never ending typing. I'm also ridiculously proud of myself, so there's that.

It's been a good first week - but I haven't made as much progress on one particularly story as I hoped. Still, I can't even be mad at myself because day one was fantastic, and that's the big thing I wanted to do this year. I mean it'd be great to beat last years total, but I know, and have fully accepted, that it isn't going to happen this year.

If you are doing NaNoWriMo - let me know how it's going! Are you keeping on par with your word count? Did you try and squirrel away some extra words for the coming week two blues? (Most people get it, it's like as soon as you hit the 30k's and just splat. If you don't - I salute and envy you!)

I hope you're all doing fantastic. And, if you're behind, keep writing - don't give up. It's only the end of week one, you have time to catch up. And, if you know you won't, keep writing anyway. You could get so much more done by keeping moving forward instead of giving up. I know it's hard and sometimes it's downright awful, but I think it's worth it.

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  1. Wow, sounds like you're doing great!! I've heard of NaNoWriMo and was hoping to participate in this event this year, but chickened out. I'd love to write a book one day... It's been a long time dream to write one, but I haven't gotten around to doing it yet... I've written outlines of ideas for books/characters, started writing a 1st chapter and then nothing! I need to figure out how to take it to the next level.

    1. There's always time to jump in this year! Even if you don't get to 50k, at least you started.
      Or there's next year! I'd suggest getting Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem because it's seriously helpful, I read it every year.

    2. Thanks for the book recommendation!!

    3. You're welcome, Baty is the creator of NaNoWriMo and it's full of tips from him and from past 'winners'. And it's a tad silly. :)