NaNoWriMo Update

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


  1. Make a slight outline before you start NaNoWriMo (maybe on October 29th sit down and think about your plot).
  2. Make time to WRITE.
  3. Save your work to an online access point (like Google Docs) so you can get to it anywhere.
  4. GO TO WRITE-INS – you’ll make friends or at least be around a bunch of other writers and be guilted into writing something.
  5. 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


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