Today is indeed the first day of the rest of your writing life, especially if you’re a fiction writer and participating in Nanowrimo, the popular annual 30-day novel-writing challenge.
Well, it’s already been a tumultuous first day as I embark on this wild writing journey!
Letting my wonderful muse take me by the hand, I fell into productive creative flow quite easily. I’ve stopped myself for the moment at 2,022 words,coming up for air, right in the middle of a sentence.
I’ve decided I will aim to write approximately 2,000 words daily during my allotted time to work on my novel. Then I’ll have a break, get some exercise, and get on with accomplishing the other necessary tasks I have on my to do list for today.
I’ll consider returning to writing more later on during any particular day only if I’m really itching to, have the energy to go for it, and circumstances are in my favour to do so.
If not, I’ll let myself feel good in the knowledge that I’ll be back at it tomorrow, same time, same place.
I’m being cautious not to risk getting burned out too early in the game.
Also,I’m not going to succumb to worry and the tyranny of the ‘shoulds’ telling me to write as much as I can right now straight out of the gate, even if I don’t know what’s in store for the next 29 days.
I’ve also decided to remain faithful to my original novel idea and plan despite getting a bit distracted last week with two new amazing ideas for books which make my heart race with the possibilities. But I’m not going after them.
I’m sticking with my original idea and notes I plan to work on for Nano. My main character deserves her story to be told, not to wait any longer because of fickle me abandoning her and becoming infatuated with yet another new and shiny writing whim.
That said, I’ve taken the time to make notes about these exciting new premises for stories,and told myself I’m definitely going to pay attention to those great ideas after I’m done hammering out my rough draft of this current novel with these characters, this November.
In case you missed them, here are a few posts I’ve written recently about preparing and doing Nanowrimo this year for the first time:
Fear of Nanowrimo - My guest post over at the Fear of Writing website.
8 great writing resources to help you get prepared for Nanowrimo - A whole whack of great free resources I found online to help you with your writing all year long!
By the by, I’ve also just discovered Storybook, a free, open source novel-writing program that looks quite helpful. It promises to help writers keep an overview of multiple plot-lines while writing books, novels or other written works. I’m looking forward to trying it out to see how it enhances my novel-writing experience.
If you’re participating in Nanowrimo this year, how did your first day go? If you’re working on other creative projects instead, feel free to share how it’s going for you in the Comments. Happy creating in November, all!