NaMoWriMo: Week 1

The first week of NaNoWriMo is in the books (where did the days go!), so I thought a quick update was in order.  In true NaNoWriMo style, it’s all about the word count, so here’s what I’ve written so far: 

Nov 1—2,479 words
Nov 2—1,821 words
Nov 3—1,783 words
Nov 4—1,943 words
Nov 5—2,240 words
Nov 6—1,124 words
Nov 7—2,057 words
Total (week 1)—13,447 words

I’m averaging 1,921 words/day, which puts me on pace for 57,630 words and what should be a finished first draft of my novel by the end of November.  Not all of the words I’ve written this week were good words.  Nor have they come particularly easily because I’m working through a tough stretch of the story where the character relationships are undergoing an evololution before the story moves into another sequence of rising action.  I knew this section would be challenging because most of what transpires is introspective, which I always find difficult to write in a first draft.  I know that I need to just get the words down and revise it later, so that’s what’s I’m doing (and what makes the NaNoWriMo approach perfect). 

So after one week, I’m on NaNoWriMo track.  Now I just need to keep plowing forward.

About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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