Nanowrimo Week 1 Recap

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Yay!  I mean, yay… right?

My first week of Nanowrimo 2018 was not the dynamic incredible word count producing week I thought it would be, and honestly, I am kind of disappointed with myself.

Yes, I know that I should not be down on myself, but at this point, I can’t help it.  I was kind of in a daze for the first week of November, but as I am feeling that fog lifting and I am looking at my word count, I am feeling a little behind the eight-ball.

Nanowrimo, or to the uninitiated, National Novel Writing Month, is the month of the year – November – where writers across the world take on the challenge to write a novel length piece of work (50,000 words) within 30 days.  It is deceptively hard to do, especially when one works full time.

I thought I would have an easier time of it this year as I would be off for a significant amount of time this year right around this time –  and yet… Nope.  It is still hard.

This year I am trying out a new artist on repeat.  Last year, when I was working on my first WIP, I listened to K.T. Tunstall’s Eye to the Telescope on repeat.  This year, for WIP #2, it is Alanna Myles’ self-titled album that is on back to back.  I was thinking it was going to be Our Lady Peace’s Naveed album, but I don’t’ think I have quite decided yet.  I think that might be part of the “flow” issue here.  Not the right playlist.  I will have to test out the music element more thoroughly and report back.

In the meantime, I am working on upping my word count, but it is definitely slow going in the beginning.

Week two will yield better results, of this I am sure.

4 thoughts on “Nanowrimo Week 1 Recap

  1. I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo since 2011, and I’ve never won. I’m going to this year if I keep going as I have, but one thing I’ve learned is that word count doesn’t matter. If you write 100,000 words but it’s just complete trash and you don’t feel good about it, you’ll feel just as bad as if you wrote nothing at all. On the flip side, if you write 10,000 words and it’s excellent, you can feel good about that even if you didn’t win. So keep on keepin on!

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    1. Thanks Matthew! That is definitely a lesson I have to internalize if I intend to survive this go round with my self-esteem intact.
      Congrats on your progress thus far. I hope you make it this year. 🙂


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