NaNoWriMo Week 1 Review

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The first week of NaNoWriMo 2015 is in the books!

This is my first NaNoWriMo ever, and it has been quite an experience for me.

With the first week behind us, it’s time to take a look and see how it went.

I plan to post a weekly “recap” throughout November, and then I will take a look back at the whole thing at the end.

I started the week strong with a great effort on NaNoWriMo’s opening day.

November 1st was a Sunday, and I  did not have to work at the hospital. What really carried me, though, was that I had been steadily becoming more and more excited about my story towards the end of October. In fact, it was something of an exercise of willpower to avoid writing parts of it as November approached.

I put up somewhere around 6,000 words on Sunday. It felt great. The words flowed out, and I honestly thought most of them were pretty good. A lot of what I wrote fell into a semi-self contained intro sequence, so I let my girlfriend read it. You can never trust your loved ones with your writing, but I sort of, kind of, mostly believed her when she said she thought it was good.

My pace fell off through the rest of the week, and I hit something of a wall by Wednesday. I still managed to get out over 1,667 words on Wednesday, but I felt like every word I wrote was garbage. In fact, I know that about 600 of them will have to be wholesale deleted, because they don’t fit well with my characterization goals.

Oh, well. It’s NaNoWriMo. Part of the magic is embracing the suck.

My output improved later in the week, and I finished it off strong on Saturday. Saturday was Double Up Day, and I set a goal of 5,000 words for myself. It was a struggle, but I got there. I am a big believer in commitment, so I’m proud that I put in the tough time to finish it off.



I finished the week with a huge total of 21,735 words! I averaged 3,105 words per day. At this pace, I would hit 50,000 words by November 17. If I kept it up, I’d have 93,150 words by the end of November.

Wow! That’s huge!


Lesson Learned

The big lesson learned through the first week is how helpful a little more planning would have been. In fact, if I could go back to October, my biggest advice to myself would be to do more outlining.

I did sort the basics of the story out, but I left a lot up in the air. A lot. Because some parts of my outline are very, very vague, I’ve spent a lot of time struggling to figure out what to write next. This is critical time I could’ve spent writing.

I hope your NaNoWriMo is going well! Give me a shout about it in the comments and good luck with Week 2!

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Week 1 Review

  1. Wow! You are killing it! I think that regardless of the number of years you’ve done NaNo, it’s a learning experience every time. Keep up the good work!

    • It is a great learning experience, and it is a lot of fun (even when it’s a struggle).
      Have you been participating in NaNo this year? How is it going?

      Thanks for the comment!

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