What the First Week of NaNoWriMo has Taught Me

NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month

So, I participated in the last Camp NaNo (the one in July), but I’m a first time NaNoWriMo-er with Sentiments & Reason (you can read the blurb and sneak peek here) being my NaNo project. Here are a few things I learned in the first week NaNoWriMo-ing:

  • Day One – you wake up very enthusiastic and you can’t wait to get writing; each day after that – not so much.
  • Let’s talk about stats (statistics). The NaNoWriMo site offers a great chart that automatically updates all stats (your average per day, words written today, target average words per day, at this rate you will finish on, etc.) each time you update your word count which helps you keep track of your progress. Sometimes the stats will look good (Day Seven), sometimes not so much (Day Five).

NaNoWriMo 2015 - Days 5 and 7 - Dilyana Kyoseva - CatMint5 on wattpad

  • In order to reach 50 000 words in a month (and unless you write only on certain days), you have to post minimum 1 667 words per day. The feeling when you exceed this number is pretty sweet; the feeling you get when you are nowhere close to this number is… well, definitely not sweet.
  • There are going to be people who will write more words than you; stop comparing yourself to them and get writing.
  • Go for the achievements; it’s more fun that way and the badges they give you keep motivating you to reach your goals.
  • If at some point you find out it is no longer about the story, but about the word count, take a break. Here’s a good way to get back into the plot and characters.

A bit of a side note: since Sentiments & Reason is my NaNo project, expect more excerpts from it on this blog. They will be posted in the Quotes and Sneak Peeks section.

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