November is the month of NaNoWriMo, a month-long challenge to write 50000 words in 30 days. This is a challenge that I and many other writers look forward to. Writing such a large number of words in a single month may sound like a daunting task but if you get prepared for it ahead of time, it can go quite smoothly. If you are looking for more information about NaNoWriMo order want to sign up, be sure to visit the official site. This NaNoWriMo 2020 week 1 update will show how well I have done in the first week of writing.
NaNoWriMo 2020 week 1 update
What’s new this year?
As mentioned above, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50000 words in 30 days, which is equivalent to writing an entire novel in a month. Challenging enough, but it is possible to do. Not only that, but I also keep up with blogging and life at the same time. While the challenge itself has remained the same, I have decided to up the anty just a bit this year. Instead of aiming to complete this in 30 days, I am trying to do it in just 22 days. Why? Well, the next expansion of World of Warcraft, Shadowlands, comes out on November 23 and I want to be able to play it starting from day one. This means needing to push myself to write faster this month.
So what does that mean? Well, instead of the usual goal of 1667 words per day to reach 50000 by the end of the month, my daily word count goal will be 2273 words. It’s certainly a lot but I feel confident that I will be able to achieve this.
Does this mean I will stop writing from the 23rd onward? No. I will still invest in time writing each day. However, I know that I will be too invested in playing this new expansion to give writing my full attention once more. So, that’s why I have shifted my end goal a bit.
The first day of NaNoWriMo is always the most exciting and probably the hardest of all. Once you can get past the hurdle of the blank page, the words generally flow freely.
I took advantage of a number of writing sprints throughout the day, knowing I prefer to get ahead on the first day whenever possible. I wrote for a number of hours and through a combination of determination, encouragement, and a not so healthy dose of chocolate, I was able to write 7343 words. That is, to my recollection, the best start to NaNoWriMo that I have ever had.
After yesterday’s phenomenal day of writing, I was worried that I would hit a wall. But I had little to worry about. Once again, I took advantage of a number of writing sprints. If you need some extra motivation or encouragement to write, then writing sprints are the way to go. Over the course of the day, I was able to write 3700 words. While not as good as the previous day, I am very happy with how much progress I have made in such a short period of time.
I hit the first stumbling block today. It was nothing major. However, a small gap in my planning, which I hadn’t thought would be a big deal or affect me so quickly, came up. While this didn’t bring my writing to a complete stop, I did have to do some brainstorming to give me the momentum I needed to get writing again. I also made a number of notes on things I need to figure out to make this bit of writing flow better.
For the sake of word count and to not cheat, I will not be including the 2586 words worth of notes that I wrote this day. While they did help me overcome some of the roadblocks that I have created, I know I have some more background work that needs to get done to properly get this story to work as I want it to. In the end, I was able to write 1867 words this day.
This was a busy and somewhat chaotic day. I had computer issues to deal with, my sons not mine but that took up a lot of time trying to fix. The weather was gorgeous so I spent extra time outside – gotta take full advantage of nice days this time of year. There was cleaning to be done. All of this and more, so my writing time was greatly reduced. I did manage to get 1406 words this day. I did also write a few hundred words worth of notes to try to make tomorrow’s writing go smoothly.
I had grand plans of doing a veritable shit ton of writing today. This didn’t quite happen. I was distracted by another day of gorgeous weather, continued computer issues, and catching up on house chores. Even so, I was able to write 2758 words this day. I’m pretty dang happy with that.
This was not a good writing day. I was fighting a headache for most of the day while made thinking feel unpleasant. I did try to get some writing done by using word sprints but after a while, I just had to get away from staring at a screen. Then I failed to come back and try later. I did manage to write 1036 words.
The first six days of NaNoWriMo say a total of 18133 words written. That is one heck of a start and I am more than happy with that.
Thus ends my NaNoWriMo 2020 week 1 update. Are you participating this year? How have your first few days of writing gone?