Sunday, November 1, 2009

So it begins....

Well, today was the first day of NaNoWriMo and I am proud to say I was able to make the 1667 minimum word count. I ended up having 1880 words for the day, but had to stop in order not to burn out. This is my first time really doing Nano, so even though I had very high goals originally, I know that I need to pace myself and test the waters so to speak. I'm also pleased to find that I am following most of my rules and chugging along fine. My inner editor is screaming in agony and throwing a temper tantrum because I have locked her in a cage for the rest of the month, but that's okay. It's actually quite liberating.

Chapter one is finished and I started a bit of chapter two because I had the perfect opening line:
"Ingrid wanted to punch that prissy reporter straight in her mouth."
So, I wrote the first paragraph for chapter two but started feeling burnt out and thought it was time to stop. It's possible that I'm just worried about that chapter because I'm not sure what I'm going to do for it other than my plot point note. I like this, even though it makes things a little tougher. I have my plot points to tell me what needs to happen in each chapter and then I can just write what comes out. While this way does make it a little more difficult in the sense that I get stuck more often, but it's worth not feeling like I want to quit because I am bored with the story.

Nothing has really happened in my story but I dig it anyway. I actually surprised myself at how not-so-bad my writing was too. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't great by any means, but it was okay enough to not be extremely embarrassed by it. I think tomorrow, if I can't seem to work out chapter two, then I will just skip it and move to chapter three. It might be better than piddling around with chapter two hoping to get 1667 words to come out before bed time. Also, I'm not going to lie. I see all of these high word counts after only one day of Nano and it's very intimidating. Could I achieve this if I wanted to? Maybe... But I lack the focus and desire to sit in a quiet room with nothing but me and Scrivener. I like my husband and friends waaaaaaaaaay too much for that. Also, I like to multitask. But these things distract me sometimes. I'm not going to feel too bad about not writing 5k or even 3k in a day, though. No point when I am reaching the goals I want.

And if anyone is interested in my very badly written opening sentence, here it is:

"Hidden between Coffee Cafe and Tony’s Chocolate Confections on Main Street in the quaint mountain town of Stoney Orchard resided a little flower shop called Rosies & Posies."
So, I think this wraps it up for tonight. I'm going to go relax and see about nursing an oncoming migraine. Hopefully I can keep it up tomorrow and reach my goal!

Good luck Nanoers! I hope your goals are met! Have fun!

Inoculation current word count: 1880
This blog's word count: 550


  1. Way to go, and good on you for sharing your opening line. Mine's: Even as Nick's car pulled up the drive, I didn't think I was actually going to leave.

    Definitey skip to ch 3 if you'll get the words out better. Keep having fun.

  2. I think skipping chapters is the best thing to do when you get stuck. I wrote half of chapter 3 before coming up the content for chapter 2.