We’re officially a week into NaNoWriMo 2016, so I thought I’d do a quick update post!
Surprisingly, it’s been going pretty well so far. Not amazingly so – I’m not miles ahead or anything – but I’ve been managing to tread water, hitting the word count or above most days. The couple of days when I didn’t quite meet the full 1,667 words was balanced out by the days when I went over (Thursday was my best day – I hit 2,469!), so I’m officially still on track! As of last night I’d written 12,215 words (37,604 words of the entire novel, seen as I’d already started), which surpasses the 11,669 I should have written by now, so I’m happy with that.
However, there’s still another 23 days for me to mess up and completely lose steam, so I’m not going to count my chickens (or my words!) quite yet. Let’s just say, I’m cautiously optimistic!
I have found it so much easier than the last NaNoWriMo attempt I made though, purely because I have a plan this time, that I’ve been loosely following. Whenever I feel stuck I can refer back to it, and I at least have some idea of the direction I’m heading in. Plus my new Scrivener app is working out pretty well for me – most days I’ve had at least half of my word count written on my phone during my breaks at work (the other people in the staff room must just think I’m super popular and am doing a lot of high-speed texting!) which has made things so much easier. If I have to sit about in the staff room for an hour and a half a day, I may as well make use of the time! Not to mention that in the unlikely event that I ever do become a famous author, the story of me tapping out my novels on my phone during my lunch break will make a pretty good anecdote!
Anyway, I hope all my fellow NaNoWriMo-ers have had a good week, and good luck for week 2! Let me know how you’ve been getting on in the comments!