As the day quickly comes to an end, I must admit I was quite nervous about my very first NaNoWriMo.
For those of you who do not know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It’s a non-profit organization that runs a challenge every year. A challenge to write a 50,000 word 1st draft of a novel, over the month of November. That averages out to be about 1667 words a day.
That number seemed extremely daunting to me. Especially considering that up until now I’ve only written short children’s books. That being said, I decided that I would bite the bullet and give it the “old college try”. I may not get to 50,000, but I would do my best. I would set aside time every day to write. Not edit, proofread or second guess. Just write. Even if I was only able to write 1000 words over the entire month, that would be 1000 more than I would have written if I hadn’t tried.
So I did it, I went to www.nanowrimo.org and sign-up. It’s free, so what did I have to lose? I also went to my Facebook group, ReviewMates, and publicly announced that I was participating in NaNoWriMo. My hope was that by telling others, it would help me to hold myself accountable and to stick with it. To ensure that I stick to it every day and don’t try the “I’ll write twice as much tomorrow” routine that I am all too familiar with, I’ve decided to post both on the ReviewMates FB group as well as here on my blog my daily and cumulative word count.
So, here we go:
Day 1: 1712 words
Cumulative: 1712 words
It’s never too late to sign-up and while you’re at it, stop by the ReviewMates Facebook group for some help and encouragement.