NaNoWriMo: First Week Progress Report

How was your first week of NaNoWriMo? 


It’s me again, Danielle Paige, and I’m back to let you know how my first week of National Novel Writing Month unfolded. Before I get onto that though, I just want to congratulate everyone who has chosen to participate this year. It’s great to see you all building up words like crazy! I’m sure that there’s a bit of friendly competition going on around here.


Anyway, my first week wasn’t quite as productive as I’d hoped. I had a strong start and wrote to my heart’s content. Day one was excellent and I raced ahead of the recommended limit of 1,667 words. Day two and day three were very much the same. Fuelled by caffeine, I found myself building up a nice little excess before the school holidays ended. Then disaster struck… in the form of homework. I found myself falling asleep at the laptop with half-finished chapters and pages of chemistry coursework left unwritten. Despite my other commitments, I’m sitting close to 12,000 words, which is still ahead of today’s goal! I just feel like I should have written more.


On a side note, I’ve seen a lot of people despairing over the quality of their draft. I’m going to be honest and confess I have been worrying too, which is why I stopped uploading it to the site. However, I’ve realised that I’m only really interested in writing the skeleton of my novel. After November, I will bulk it up with muscle that it needs before I think about the delicate layer of skin (so to speak). Your story will come to life, but don’t panic if it hasn’t yet. Just focus on getting your key ideas down. The rest will follow.


Luckily, I have people to whom I can moan when my novel isn’t going the way I want to. I’d greatly encourage this, as it means you can let off some steam, and also receive advice from someone you trust. If you don’t have anyone, I’m more than willing to cheer you on. This is my NaNoWriMo account if you want to get in touch.


I’ll end this little progress report with an extra celebration for everyone attempting NaNoWriMo, whether they’re achieving, exceeding, or falling short of their goal. It’s only week one, and there’s plenty of time to catch up. If you need a bit of motivation, check out the NaNoWriMo Word Sprints on Twitter, and feel free to get involved with the discussions currently taking place in the NaNoWriMo club, right here on Movellas! 

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