NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1

08/11/2017 Writing 4


The first week of NaNoWriMo 2017 has passed in a blur, and I’m glad to say, I’ve remained consistently ahead all week. There’s plenty of time for that to change, but I’ve been trying to get ahead in this first week before it starts to become too much of a drag!

Oddly, I actually started NaNoWriMo 2017 in McDonald’s: I’d been heading back from my boyfriend’s in the morning and had got caught up in loads of traffic, and so stopped at McDonald’s for some stress-relieving breakfast before I continued my journey. I was feeling pretty pumped about the start of NaNoWriMo, so decided to open up my Scrivener app on my phone then and there, and I wrote the first 600 words of my NaNo novel over a Double Sausage and Egg McMuffin (which is going to make for a great story if this book ever ends up being a published novel!).

I actually picked up a lot of momentum at the start of the week, writing 2,500 words and higher for the first three days. By Day 4, I was just about to pass the 10,000 mark, which has to be a personal record for the most amount of words I’ve ever written in such a small period of time. I know to some people that’s not that much, but to me, it was a big achievement!

As of last night, I was sitting comfortably above the Day 7 target of 11,666 words at 14,278 words, and so I’m pretty pleased with that for Week 1. I’m really hoping I can keep up the pace, as I’ve definitely seen it slow down a fair bit in the latter part of this week. But at least I’m going into Week 2 with a decent head start!

Plus I’m really getting into the flow of my story now, as I was having a little trouble at the start of the week getting into my characters’ heads, and figuring out all of their voices. Although I was surpassing my daily word counts, I felt as if I was struggling a bit, but I’ve managed to figure it out now, and am super excited about my idea.

I hope all my fellow NaNoWriMoers have had a good week, and are enjoying their writing!

So how are you all doing at the end of Week 1 of NaNoWriMo 2017? Are you on target, and how do you feel your story is going? 

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