Seven days into the project and I have just about managed to write every day. The last couple of days I’ve felt pretty tired but I had a really good day at #GollanczFest on Saturday including a 3,700 writing spree on my early morning train journey. The journey back was…Noisier.
My writing set up on the train
Tuesdays I don’t work so I was hoping to get a bit more of a head start but I went into super procrastination mode and started tidying all my papers. I call this a win because I’ve been meaning to do that for ages, and I managed to squeeze in the daily word target after. I’ve decided that I’m using this month more to get into a more general habit of writing daily rather than writing huge amounts at once. Although if that happens I’ll take it because the key advice from Saturday was 1) Get it Written 2) Then Get it Right.
My writing stats so far. How’s your NaNoWriMo challenge going?
1st November. 1st day of Nano. 1st 1887 words done.
I think it helped that I’d outlined roughly what should happen in scenes. Maybe I should try and continue with my Plantsing habits.
I’ll update next Wednesday.
How did you all get on?
Next Wednesday is the 1st November and the start of the month long challenge that is National Novel Writing Month, where writers everywhere act against logic and challenge themselves to write a minimum of 50,000 words of the first draft of a novel in one month. Yup. That’s a mind blowing 1,667 words a day.
I have successfully achieved this challenge twice and made it to 25,000 words on a third occasion and I’ve ‘failed’ many more times. BUT, this year I am going in with a slightly more plotted idea than usual, and a desire to write nearer to 80,000 words.
And I will be pushing through and editing the book afterwards. I recently attended Batnon and Robin’s Editing Masterclass, I have my magnetic silver board, and I will succeed. Whether anyone else will want to read my efforts is another matter but I am going to make sure that I create something I can class as a completed novel.
And then I’ll finally get round to editing the other 3 books I’ve partially written!!!
To keep myself accountable – every Wednesday I’m planning to do a check-in post telling you lovely people how much I’ve written.
Have you taken part in NaNoWriMo before or is this your first year? Have you got any tips for success?