November ushers in the month-long writing challenge NaNoWriMo. It is a challenge where writers around the world attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Every year I look forward to this writing challenge. It is a chance to sit and write without worrying too much about perfection. Of course, it will also help me get that much closer to reaching my goal of writing 1 million words in 2021. With the first week of writing complete, I thought it would be fun to share how it has been going. So, without further ado, here is my NaNoWriMo 2021 week 1 update.
NaNoWriMo 2021 week 1 update
What project I’m working on
It was really tough to decide which project to work on. I was still getting over the disappointment of losing 2 years’ worth of writing thanks to a hard drive failure, and I almost skipped this NaNoWriMo because of that. However, after thinking about it, I realized that would be a mistake. Besides, I still had plenty of words left to write for my Year of Writing challenge, so whether I did NaNoWriMo or not, my month would be heavily focused on writing. After much debate, I decided that this year’s project would be recreating the project that I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2020. It’s a novel idea I really feel a deep connection to. It’s hard to start from scratch when so much work had already been done on it. But I worried that if I waited too long before picking it back up, I wouldn’t remember a lot of details.
Of course, even now, there are parts I don’t quite remember, character details have slipped away as well. But I have confidence that as I write this information will either come back to me or I will create it again from the ground up.
I feel like the first day of NaNoWriMo is the most important. Whether you are a planner or a panster, tackling that blank screen is a difficult task. However, once you get the worst flowing and that blank page starts to fill, then it gets a bit easier. I often try to write extra on the first day. That way, I have a bit of a buffer zone for my off days and there is nothing better than seeing the word chart creep above the needed amount right away. I had quite the phenomenal first day. I started writing in the morning, something I don’t normally do, and by the later afternoon, I had wrote 6127 words.
After such a great first day, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to write a lot this day or not. I once again got an early start, something I rarely do as I have always done the best writing during the evening. But before I knew it, I had knocked out 3124 words and it wasn’t even noon. While I could have continued to write for several hours, I chose to put my focus elsewhere for the remainder of the day.
I woke up a bit on the early side this day, and while it was a great temptation to return to bed, I chose to get up and write. My brain was a bit foggy, so it took me some time to get into the flow once more. However, after I was fully awake and joined in on a few writing sprints I was surprised at how quickly I was able to write 2141 words.
My first bit of writing on this day had little to do with this novel project and instead was focused on the blog. Though my novel idea was begging for attention, I knew I had to get some blog work done, including work on this post. So I put a short pause on novel writing to work on that instead. Once that was done, I quickly fell into novel writing, and in what felt like the blink of an eye I had wrote 2589 words. A lot of what I wrote this day was character sheets and a bit of world-building notes based upon some changes I had decided upon the previous night.
This was the first day when I didn’t immediately jump into writing. I wasn’t feeling like doing it, so I did the only logical thing I could think of – I played World of Warcraft for several hours. There is something about gaming that can help me get out of a rut. Once that was done, I focused on a few household tasks while I brainstormed a few ideas. When I finally sat down to write later in the evening, I quickly managed to write 1161 words.
This say was a bit rough. I woke up with a sore throat, no energy, and certainly no motivation. The day was pretty evenly split between reading and watching movies. But I didn’t want to ignore my writing, despite my brain feeling foggy. So, I picked away at it. It was a real struggle to get words down but by the end of the day, I had managed to write 707 words.
This brings my week 1 total to 15849 words written. I am pretty dang happy with that. It’s a solid start to NaNoWriMo and has me decently ahead to hit that 50,000 mark by the end of the month – if not sooner.
I hope you enjoyed my NaNoWriMo 2021 week 1 update. Are you writing a novel this month?