NaNoWriMo 2021 week 1 update

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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?

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