First day impressions of NaNoWriMo

I was not ready for National Novel Writing Month.

There I’ve said it.

I won the first word sprint!

I was not ready for NaNoWriMo in the way the makes the most sense. Yes, I pre-plotted my novel to be. Yes, I’ve done a bit of characterization.

But this, my friends, is a marathon not a sprint and I’m horrible at marathons. Which makes no sense since I’m a novelist but whatever.

Tonight I joined my NaNo municipality in our first ever Kick Off Party, which really means we write but with food.

It was great meeting everyone and to kinda compare notes (and computers). We did word sprints, which really meant we raced against the clock.

This was where I got more of my word count for the day. Racing against the clock and focusing on what I’m writing not only cleared my head but also allowed my fingers to fly across the keyboards. By the end of the night, I wrote an additional two scenes, 1,600 or so words.

My fellow local WriMos

In total, I wrote 2,506 words which means I’m well on my way to my second day goal of over 3,000.

But now I’m exhausted and it’s only the first day. While I had lots of decisions already decided before Nov. 1, I think the most important thing I should have focused on is getting my stamina up. This kinda of worries me. How am I supposed to make it 29 more days?

So how was your first day of NaNoWriMo so far?  How many words did you get done?

4 thoughts on “First day impressions of NaNoWriMo

  1. This thing is scary! I started out with pen and paper, and thought I had gotten SO FAR… but it was only 639 words when I typed it in! So I sat and typed a bunch more. This is my first time, and I'm thinking, "Can I really stick to this, through travel, through Thanksgiving, through that day when I just want to be lazy? Can I really do this?" Gosh, I hope so. Maybe my kids (they're doing the YWP version) and I can help keep each other honest.


  2. What's worked for me in marathon writing is not thinking too much — I try to set aside hard decisions about plot, the self-editing, everything but getting words down on paper. You can always fix it later, and you might be surprised where your characters take you. Also coffee. Coffee is good.


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