Seventeen thousand, one hundred fifty-four of what? – excerpt from what I wrote on Day 1 of NaNoWriMo for #GroundhogOne.
NaNoWriMo 2017 is in full swing, and I kicked off Day One with a whopping 1,800 words. I know it sounds like a lot, and if you’re someone who couldn’t come up with that many, couldn’t reach whichever daily goal you set (be it 1,667 or more or less), don’t worry. For some people, it takes some time to get into the swing of NaNo-ing. I’m not going to have 29 more days where I bang out 1,800 words a day, for a lot of reasons. Some are because, you know, life gets in the way, the holidays are a thing, and other times, it’s because the words just don’t work for whatever scene I’m attempting.
These things all happen, and there’s no reason to feel bad about that or worry that you’re not going to hit your goal.
Some days I’m going to write a couple thousand words and be way ahead, other’s I’m going to write like, 12, and say, “Screw this, I need a nap.”
And I can safely say that the top reason why the words flowed so quick yesterday was that I KNEW what was going to happen in that scene, and since I am writing by the seat of my pants, I’m not always going to know exactly what I want to happen in order to get from Point A to Point B. Writing comes with a whole host of challenges, and plot is certainly one of them.
Remember, you’re not going to get any writing done if you don’t try, so remember to try. You must just try. I’m posting updates about my writing trials and tribulations on Twitter (see: the accidental break I took because of something that happened on an episode of Property Brothers, among other things), which include some lines I’ve written that will eventually fit into the story, along with some retweets of advice from other writers who are diving into the adventure.
If you need some additional inspirational assistance don’t forget that, all month long, 100 Writing Prompts by TFR Volume One is on sale for just 99 cents! Need some craft-based advice? Head on over to the Writing Tips page for some advice on craft and world building and how to name your character or focus on getting your writing done. And don’t forget the five-part Writing Tips NaNoWriMo Countdown Series:
How’s your writing challenge going?