It’s been a week and a half since NaNoWriMo began! After figuring out what to sacrifice (sleep) I’m still mentally going strong: I do not hate my story yet, I’ve not run out of ideas (in fact, I have too many), and I’ve been to a Chicago write-in or two.
Day 2: I went hard and got to 3,334 words. Met the quota.
Day 3: Made the goal word count of 5,001 words – barely.
Day 4: I wrote nearly 2,000 words! For an English literature and rhetoric class essay…and none for nanowrimo.
Day 5: It was a Saturday. I wasn’t hungover. 8,335 words reached.
Day 6: 10,002 words.
Day 7: Monday hit me like a slap in the face. I only wrote 200 words outside of classwork.
Days 8, 9, 10: The election happened.
Today: I am about 10,000 words behind. Writing furiously in hopes of catching up. Will need more coffee.
Coffee consumed: 3-4 cups daily
Schoolwork avoided: Most of it
Social life: Oddly better than it’s been in years
- Make a slight outline before you start NaNoWriMo (maybe on October 29th sit down and think about your plot).
- Make time to WRITE.
- Save your work to an online access point (like Google Docs) so you can get to it anywhere.
- GO TO WRITE-INS – you’ll make friends or at least be around a bunch of other writers and be guilted into writing something.
- Don’t beat yourself up when you don’t reach the daily wordcount goal.
Featured image: Astrid Lindgren’s Desk from the National Library of Sweeden