NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 1

08/11/2014 Writing 11

National Novel Writing MonthAs we’re now a week into NaNoWriMo 2014 I thought I would give a quick update on how I’m getting on.

Surprisingly, I haven’t yet fallen behind! I managed to do slightly over the 1667 word daily target every day up until Day 6 (Thursday), where I had a bit of a slip and only managed 500! However, I managed to catch it up yesterday, and as of last night, I was up to 11,679 words (I don’t know how many words I’ll manage today yet!).

The problem I think I had on Thursday was that I started to hit problems with my plot. As I mentioned in my post last week, I signed up last minute and had done no preparation, so have pretty much been making it up as I have been going along. For the most part, this hasn’t worked out too badly, but on Thursday I got to the point where I couldn’t really see where I was going with it, and didn’t really know how to proceed. However, I managed to come up with a way forward, and have been ploughing on, so hopefully I won’t hit any more plot holes soon!

So I’d love to know, how has everyone else been getting on in the first week of NaNoWriMo?

11 Responses to “NaNoWriMo 2014: Update 1”

  1. Gemma

    That’s an impressive word count!

    I’m not doing NaNoWriMo but I am trying to write every day. There have been a couple of days where I haven’t written at all or not written as much as I hoped to and it’s been for very similar reasons to yours – I don’t know where I’m going with the plot. But I’m going to take a leaf out of your book and plough on!

    Looking forward to reading more of your update posts 🙂

    • Laura

      It really is so demotivating when you get stuck with your plot! I know personally I could probably avoid it by just trying to plan my plot out first, but I’d probably just end up ignoring the plan anyway. Sometimes the characters seem to just do what they want!
      Best of luck with your writing! I’d love to know how you get on!

  2. Caroline


    Great stuff hitting your targets. So far I’ve managed to reach mine too. I’m currently at 13,029 but didn’t do any writing today as I hit a wall for the first time (more psychological though than a plot problem).

    I’m not sure if I can offer this as advice as such, but I’ve started to find inconsistencies in the plot (e.g. timelines that don’t work, a few devices that I know don’t really work) and instead of giving in to my inner editor and going back to fix them. I’ve made notes reminding myself to go back and change them later. Then I carry on as if I had already made the changes.

    This will probably be a headache when I go back to edit but it’s helped me reach my word count on most days.

    Congrats again on surviving week 1.

    My own update post is here.

    • Laura

      I’ve just read your update, and congrats on hitting your targets (and surviving the first week!)! I love your advice about plot inconsistencies, and I’m definitely going to try that out! Hopefully it will keep me from wasting too much time trying to sort out the plot when i should be trying to hit my target word count.
      Best of luck with week two!

  3. Sarah LeBlanc

    I’ve been wanting to do NaNoWriMo for a while now. I think next year will be my first year for participating. I’m going to check out the articles you recommended! Thanks!

    • Laura

      You should definitely go for it! It’s kind of tough (and I have the feeling I may be horrified at how bad it is when I read it back!) but it’s the most writing I’ve ever done in such a short space of time, so its definitely good as a motivator!

  4. Carla Wynker

    That’s impressive! You’ve written so many words already, lol. You’re way more serious than me. Whenever I tell myself I’m going such amount of word today, I never actually do it (yes, I know it’s bad). Are you writing fantasy?

    • Laura

      Yeah, it’s sci-fi. I’m pretty surprised myself that I have managed to stick to it so far, because I never usually hit targets I set myself either! I’m not sure how good it’s going to be though, as I feel a lot like I’m just rambling right now, but I’m refusing to read any of it until I have completed the 50,000 words! I know I would just start editing it instead of writing more.

  5. Carla Wynker

    Oh sorry, I just remembered that you’ve already told me you were writing Si-fi. Sometimes I need a three seconds delay before asking questions!

  6. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I’ve been totally feeling the same way with my book. I decided on Oct 31st that I was going to participate in NaNoWriMo. I’ve been thinking about this book for years, and I’ve always had a good sense of the beginning and the end, but I’ve struggled with what was going to happen in between. Still, I’ve found that NaNo has been perfect for me because it forces me to keep plugging along when I would have quit otherwise! I’m at just over 18k words now, and I’m GOING to keep going!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Laura

      I’m just over 18k right now as well, and I’m trying my best to keep going! Like you, I knew how I would start it, and I’ve now got a bit of an idea where it’s heading, but I have no idea what to do with the in between bit. Right now my characters are both literally and figuratively just wandering about in the wilderness! NaNo has been good for me too though, because this is definitely the most writing I’ve managed in such a short time before. Best of luck with your novel!

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