And on the eighth day, she gave an update:
NaNoWriMo 2015! It’s here! It’s happening! And I am doing so well so far.
As of this morning I have written 14,358 words. That puts me 2,692 words ahead of where I should have been by yesterday. This is a very, very good thing – to be consistently ahead of the target word count every day so far this month.
So the writing, the writing itself? It’s going great.
The story? That’s another story.
I like what I am writing, but as I am writing it I know that a lot of it doesn’t work and makes no sense, and if this story is every going to become anything more than another file saved on my computer, it is going to have to be rewritten from the very beginning with very different things going on.
I am not doing the things that I feel are necessary to write a good story at the moment – I am not worrying about character building or beautiful prose or even making sense sometimes. I’m just worried about getting those words out of me and telling a story.
In the end, NaNoWriMo is all about telling a story of a certain length within a certain time. There’s nothing saying that it has to be GOOD. No, no. I didn’t sign up for that!
What’s the best part of NaNoWriMo so far this year?
THAT I AM WRITING!
I haven’t written anything of substance in well over a year. I haven’t had a daily routine of writing, I haven’t taken it seriously at all – you know, that whole thing about how I want to be a writer more than anything thing.
Because I haven’t been writing. I haven’t been writing anything.
Now, I am excited to come to the computer every morning and start churning out my words. I’m proud and thrilled at the end of each day to see my word count climbing – and climbing above most of my NaNo writer buddies, too.
I’m proud of myself.
I’m delighted that it’s November and NaNoWriMo time again.
This coming week is all about keeping up the momentum and writing every day – I want my word count to stay consistently above where it should be each day, and by the end of next week I want to hit 25K words.
Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? How are you doing so far?