This week brought with it the start of NaNoWriMo 2013 on November 1st, of course. Having taken part in Camp NaNoWriMo in July this year and committed to writing 10,000 words for my first novel, I really wanted to do the real thing this November. Twitter went mad in the run-up to last Friday and little by little, I started to feel a bit daunted by the prospect of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. What had I been thinking?

Well, I got off to a good start. Firstly, I prepared a pretty good outline for my second novel, using all the fantastic advice about how to do it via Twitter. Then, on Friday, I concentrated on writing 1,667 words (the minimum daily word count needed to meet the 50,000 total by the end of November). I couldn’t believe it though when one of my NaNo buddies tweeted that she’d already written 5,000 words on the first day! I felt so inadequate and I told her so. She’s an experienced NaNo participant though and she knew she couldn’t write at all the next day so she had planned in advance to write twice as much on the first day. Lesson number 1 for me. However, I was in the same boat because I didn’t think I’d be able to write on Saturday either but I didn’t have time to write twice as much on Friday.

So, I am now one day behind and earlier today, I was feeling stressed and a bit miserable to be honest. Then, along came another NaNo buddy who couldn’t believe it when I said I was trying to edit my first novel at the same time as doing NaNo. She convinced me to let this one slide a little and to concentrate on getting the words down for NaNo this month instead and I realised I could give myself permission for this. I don’t have a deadline. The only person putting me under pressure is myself and I am working part-time as well as dealing with all the other stresses and strains of ‘normal’ family life.

So, lesson number 2 is to do what I can and to try and enjoy it. If it makes me feel miserable, it won’t be worth doing and I do so want to do it 🙂 My word count to date is 5,071 words which I’m pleased with and I will be back next Monday to let you know what progress I have made since then.

If you’re doing NaNo this year for the first time or the umpteenth, why not get in touch and share your ‘nightmare’ first week? I’d love to hear from you.


5 Comments on My NaNoWriMo nightmare – aargh! Lessons 1 and 2.

  1. If it makes you feel any better I havent managed the minimum wordcount today, tho Iam lucky enough to still have my buffer. Can’t believe you were editing another manuscript at the same time! Even I can’t do that!
    Good luck with it doll – keep writing. This is your challenge, so keep focused on you – try not to worry about other people’s word count too much. 😉 x

    • Thanks, Cat. I’m sorry you haven’t had such a good day today. I’ve caught up a bit today and done some work on my other WIP so I’m feeling good but I’m back at work for the next 3 days so it may not look so good by the weekend. Ho hum. As you say, all you can do is keep writing and doing your own thing. Just having someone to talk to about it makes a huge difference though to your state of mind, I’m finding 🙂 x

      • I did, actually, do some other writing tasks today in lieu of NaNo. Blog post for tomorrow is scheduled and I plotted out a short story for a competition next month. So, not too shabby.
        I’m back at work tomorrow too, so I know how you feel. Though, I only work part-time so can spend some time catching up on Thurs (before travelling 20miles for an evening meeting!).
        We’ll make it, one way or another…a word at a time if need be.

  2. One. Word. At. A. Time. I love NaNo. I work up to it, though, making sure I can hit the minimum every day even before the beginning of November. After 8 years it’s hardly a challenge. 🙂
    I’m reeshabear on NaNo if you’d like to be writing buddies.

    • Yes, that’s good advice. I’ve hit my stride now and feel happy with my progress as I go into the second week. I have added you as a buddy and can see from your word count that you’re doing brilliantly! Well done and thanks for the advice.

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