#NaNoWriMo Day One

I have made it through the first day of NaNoWriMo and I’m really proud of what I was able to accomplish on the first day. See below for more info!

30 Day NaNoWriMo Challenge

Day 1 – Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before? If so, which years and what end result? If not (or even if so, for that matter), what’s your connection to writing? Why do you want to participate this year?

Yes, I have participated in NaNoWriMo before. This will be my ninth year! I’m currently sitting on four wins and four fails and the reason I want to participate this year is because it’s been a while since I’ve sat down and written something new to completion so I want to do that again. My results for previous years go as follows:

2007: Out of This World, Into Another (55,757)
2008: Prophecy (7,645)
2009: Ashlyn and the Lost Prince (50,340)
2010: The Daisy (50,678)
2011: Of Time and Space/You, Me and That Guy Over There/Twisted Love/The Answer/Ruling Planet (50,081)
2012: Ashlyn and the Sea Voyage (697)
2013: Hunted (8,165)
2014: An Epic Tale (26,524)

My connection to writing? It’s just something that I’ve loved to do ever since that first NaNoWriMo. Before that, I had written a 30k fanfiction about a skateboarder during high school – mostly geography classes – and wanted to write my own things. It’s something that I’ve always enjoyed and there’s something freeing about crafting a story from nothing and working on it until it’s shining.

Day One Stats

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I’m really happy with the progress that I’ve made on day one. I’ve got a little bit of a buffer for when I inevitably fall behind and have to race to catch up again. I did procrastinate A LOT today with YouTube videos and video games, so I didn’t hit the 5,000 words I had hoped to hit, but if I can keep 2,500 words as my daily constant then I’ll be more than happy.

Today I managed to get three and a bit chapters written. I’ve set up an important catalyst for the plot and I’ve introduced an interesting quirk to one of my main characters. I’m not really sure how coherent the words I’m writing are, but I’m getting the main idea down and that’s more important to me right now.

First sentence I wrote today:

I didn’t know how I would explain this to the warden without something happening to me in return; she was merciful to a point, but that point was not a long way from the precarious edge on which I was constantly teetering.

Last sentence I wrote today:

A large desk was across the room, a couple of chairs in front of it, but there was little else I could see.

How is NaNoWriMo going for you? I’d love to know how others are getting on 🙂

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