The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 1

08/11/2016 Writing 8

The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 1

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!

8 Responses to “The NaNoWriMo Diaries: Week 1”

  1. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    Glad the Scrivener app has been successful 🙂 And you’re right – it will make a great anecdote. However typing on your phone must be a little difficult!

    Well done for surpassing your goals in the first week – wishing you all the best of luck for the rest of the month! Keep it up. 🙂

    • Laura

      Typing on my phone has seemed to be OK…until I read back what I’ve written and realise just how many typos I’ve been making! It’s just so easy to hit the wrong key when he keyboard is so tiny! 🙂
      Thanks! 🙂

  2. Mimi (Myna Kaltschnee)

    Hey Laura 🙂

    Congratulations to your 12k! I’m glad NaNoWriMo is going well for you. How many times have you already participated in NaNoWriMo? For me, it’s the second time, but I enjoy it even more than I did last year. Probably, because I have more time to write now and feel better. Last year in November I was going through a tough period in my life, but NaNoWriMo helped me a little to distract myself from reality.

    Maybe you wanna take a look at my own NaNoWriMo update?

    Kind regards,

    • Laura

      Hey! 🙂
      And thanks! This is my second time doing NaNoWriMo too. The first time I did it was in 2014, and I made it to 42,000 words. I can’t remember why I didn’t do it last year, I think I just had a lot on.
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying NaNoWriMo so much! I’m glad it helped get you through such a tough time last year, but I’m really glad that you’re feeling better this year. Best of luck with it! I’ll definitely check out your update 🙂

  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I love that you type on your phone!! That is TRUE dedication. ? I can barely send a text on my phone without getting frustrated and running off screaming hehe. And yyayyyy for a lovely word count and I hope your book keeps going strong! YOU CAN DO IT! *passes you chocolate cake*

    • Laura

      Yeah, typing on my phone always seems OK at the time, but when I read it back the number of typos I’ve made is always pretty horrifying! That stupid tiny keyboard! 🙁 And thanks for the encouragement (and the chocolate cake!) 🙂

  4. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    You have an hour and a half of breaks at work each day? That seems crazy! Here we typically get a half hour lunch and then one or two ten minute breaks. I can’t imagine writing my book on my phone. I think it would drive me crazy. You have true dedication!

    • Laura

      Yeah, we don’t get paid for the hour though, so it knocks an hour’s pay off a nine hour shift, which sucks. I think I’d rather have less and get paid more! 🙁
      It was a bit weird writing on my phone at first, but I’ve got used to it now, and it really does push up my daily word count 🙂

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