Well, this is awkward. If you would have asked me two weeks ago whether or not I was planning to participate in NaNoWriMo I would have laughed and listed all of the things I have to do in November and claim that I have absolutely no time to write a novel. I still have a lot to do in November, but Michelle Madow convinced me via Twitter to give it a go. I know a million people have said this before me, but there will never be a ‘perfect’ time to start writing, you just have to throw yourself into it and give it all you got- so that’s what I’m going to do.
For those of you who do not know what NaNoWriMo is, let me attempt to explain it for you. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which occurs every November. It is a challenge where new and old writers alike try to write 50,000 words in one month, averaging to about 1,667 words a day. The idea of NaNo is to just write, it doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to reach the word count, all that matters is that you write. Many popular books such as Cinder and The Night Circus were NaNo babies so if that isn’t motivation I don’t know what is!
I attempted NaNo last year, but because of the stress of college applications and finals I gave up VERY early on. This year I am hoping to keep up with the daily word count and to hopefully hit 50k, or close to it at least. This year I’m writing a young adult zombie apocalypse novel since I am absolutely obsessed with The Walking Dead. I am hoping to do daily update posts where I will share my word count for the day, any problems/frustrations, and anything else that relates to writing or NaNo.
Okay, now onto my Day 1 recap! Yesterday was the first official day of NaNoWriMo and it was pretty productive, I didn’t do any writing that morning but I went to the write-in later on that day and it was super helpful! I’ve never been to a write-in or written in public before so I was super nervous because I had no idea what to expect, but I’m so glad I didn’t bolt because I really enjoyed myself. Basically there were five people in the area I sat in and we did a few word sprints and talked during breaks. I met a few super nice people and they gave me some tips when they realized this was my first real attempt at NaNo so that was cool. At the end of the day I wrote 1,059 words and even though I didn’t reach the word count goal I was very happy with my progress.
Since I have classes today I haven’t written anything yet, but I plan to get some words in during my breaks as well as in tonight’s write-in! My goal for today is to play catch up and reach the total word count for today which is 3,334 words.
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