NaNoWriMo 2015 – Week 1

Week one of NaNoWriMo 2015 is in the books. Literally. A lot of novels have been started this past week. I’m counting my first week as a success simply because I began writing. There are also a few things about this week that I was very excited about.

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First, I managed to write every day of the week. The first few days I hit my goal of 2,000 words each day. The other days, not so much. But I managed to write something and I’m not too far behind where I wanted to be by the end of the week. I knew I was going to lose some writing time this past week, so my goal was to be at 10,000 by the end of Saturday. I was at 8,901. Not bad. My goal today is to make up the difference and hit 12,000 by the time I’m done.

Another thing I was excited about was resisting the temptation to go back and read what I had already written and make changes. So far I have been able to keep my inner editor quiet. Yes, there are things I already want to go back and modify, but they are being saved for the editing process. I plan to go through the editing process even if I have no intention to try to publish this novel. It seems like it would be a good learning experience for next year’s NaNoWriMo.

Perhaps the thing I’m most excited about from this first week is that this novel feels like something I would like to read. I am excited about sitting down to read it straight through. Given that I’m only writing this for me, that is a great sign.

Now that week two is beginning, I feel like I have a much better idea of where this story is headed. I have just written out a super skeletal outline for the rest of the story so I can remember where I wanted to go with it.

Well, I have 3,099 words to write today. I’d better hop to it.

Good luck to my fellow NaNoWriMo participants! I hope you are having as much fun as I have been! 🙂

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