It has arrived!
The month that writers band together and attempt something crazy:
To write 50,000 words.
If you don’t know what this is, then you can check out this series from last year at the links below:
As a quick explanation, though, November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Stories of different lengths are called different things. There’s short flash fiction (under 1000 words) novellas (around 20,000-50,000 words) a novel (50,000 words) and I believe there’s one called an epic (100,000 words).
So, basically, NaNoWriMo is when a writer is trying to write the length of a novel. Since I like to spend my free time during this month trying to write my own book, I keep posts simple and talk about how this challenge is going for me so you can get an inside look at the process. 😊
As my email followers know (don’t worry if you don’t get emails from me yet! You can just sign up here!) I was very busy this first day with school.
That afternoon, I managed to break a glass, and cut my pinky finger (of all things) on a small shard. It made typing a bit awkward to do, since it was in a bandaid and would sting a bit each time I pressed on a key. But I had school to do, so I had to type.
I ended up being too busy to write this day.
Written today: 0 words
Total word count: 0 words
It’s been so long since I’ve sat down to write! When I finally did, I had to rewrite the first few lines because I’m so rusty. 😂 But it felt good to finally write again.
The first scene had several problems I hadn’t even thought about, but I did my best, and hopefully will be able to fix all of them in the next draft. The first draft is going to be a mess; my job is to just get it written.
I also made myself some tea; so professional. 😝
The woman took a few steps further into the room, and Amanda shrank back against the wall. She’d heard for years about stranger danger, and though she hadn’t seen this woman whip out any candy to tempt her with yet, she wasn’t sure what to think.
Written today: 3,142
Total word count: 3,142
I had so much fun writing. I’ve really missed it, and have been looking forward to NaNoWriMo and getting back into the swing of things. The way that I like to write is to have an outline all ready, with a list of the scenes that happen on bullet points. I know what needs to happen in the scene in general when I start it, but I leave the rest up to me as I go along. This allows me to be creative as I go, and I don’t feel boxed in by my outline. The best gems pop up this way, because I know exactly where I need to go but am free to get there however I want.
I also discovered today that Mrs. Dale (Amanda’s mother) is a terrible driver.
Amanda entered the room she shared with her twin sister, Gina. Boxes were strewn across the floor and stacked precariously as if Gina was trying to make a crazy parkour course in their room – or maybe their grave. Amanda wasn’t sure which yet.
Written today: 1,986
Total word count: 5,128
Overall, I had a great first few days! Make sure to chat with me about your own story in the comment section down below! ↓↓ I’d love to hear about it! And make sure that you’re subscribed here! I create awesome content for writers that you don’t want to miss. 😉
Are you doing National Novel Writing Month?
How is your own writing going?