NaNoWriMo Week 1

So, the first week of NaNoWriMo is coming to it’s end and this is a little recap of how it went. If you don’t know what I am talking about, click here to read my previous post!

The first week went really well so far and I didn’t have a hard time reaching my daily goals. I am currently at a word count of 10,859 words, which means I am about 20% done (YAY!). Yet, it wasn’t all easy peasy the entire time and here’s why:

When you first start considering doing NaNoWriMo, there are a couple of things they tell you to do or not do. First, it is recommended that you put your inner editor in the kennel while writing, since it’s all about quantity and not quality. I can tell you, that is something I am not capable of doing! Of course you’re allowed to rewrite stuff if you start to contradict yourself or just changed your mind about something, but you’re not supposed to keep re-reading what you already wrote and to try and find a better way of saying it. But that is exactly what I am doing every other day. I just can’t continue to write something new if I am not happy with what I’ve already written. And at some point during the past week I just freaked and thought my story was an utter failure, because something just wasn’t right. I know, I know … the first draft is never that good and I can edit it all I want when the month is over, that is if I managed to finish it, but the thing is, I didn’t dislike the story in general, I was just unhappy with parts of it. So, I decided to not follow another recommendation.

While you’re writing, you can tell the whole world that you are doing NaNoWriMo, but you don’t actually show your story to anyone. If you want to work on it after the month is over, it is a great idea to show people the final version in order to get feedback, but you’re not exactly supposed to do this while you’re still working on it. It completely makes sense, because before you know it, everyone has an opinion on what is best and how it could continue, even though you are quite capable of coming up with these things all on your own. But I needed help and confirmation that I wasn’t going entirely over board and in the wrong direction with my story. I showed it to one person and as of today, she is still the only person who was granted a glimpse at my writing. I talked with her and she confirmed my suspicions about a problem in my story and gave me feedback, which immensely helped me fix it. In addition to that, she also boosted my confidence and gave me new motivation. I don’t know if this will work for everyone, but I was stuck and knew that I needed an outside opinion to keep the story from turning into a full blown disaster.

So, breaking the “rules” worked for me, but I am interested in seeing how it will go the second week. Motivation usually starts to drop around that time, but I am still determined to reach the 50,000 words and to finally finish a writing project. If you’re wondering what I am writing about, I still want to keep it a secret, but I can tell you that it is a Contemporary Romantic Comedy (aka ConRomCom) with the title Break Up Buddy. If you suspect that it is cheesy at times, you are absolutely correct, but that is just me – forever the hopeless romantic.

I hope your week proved as fruitful as mine! Read you tomorrow for the finale of Doctor Who!

15 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Week 1

    • I didn’t have as many problems getting the daily word count as I expected. Most of the time I even write more than 1,667 words per day, which is the recommended minimum and really not that much in my opinion. It only takes about 1-2 hours of my time per day and I find that’s still manageable with the rest of the things I have to do.

      I sort of wanted to keep the story under wraps, not because it’s so awesome, but because I don’t even know how it ends myself. I’m basically just making it up as I go along. But I suppose it won’t hurt to tell you a little bit about it. So, as I said in the post it’s a romance kind of thing. It’s about a girl whose best friend is away and so she has to deal with a break up, work and finding out what she wants in life, while also trying to keep her friendship going while her best friend is abroad. She gets a new roommate who sort of helps her as her personal Break Up Buddy. He then starts falling for her, while she wants her boyfriend back … you know just typical love triangle situations and stuff like that.

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  1. Seems like many people are having a great time with NaNo so far, and I’m so glad you’re the same! 🙂 I’ve found that talking to someone you trust (in my case, my CP) about what you’re writing can really help clear your head – if they know you well enough to know when to press down hard on the issues in the writing and when to back off, they’re invaluable. Good luck with week 2!

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    • Thank you for commenting! Are you doing NaNo as well?
      I definitely had the feeling that talking my story over with someone other than myself helped. I’m glad you agree that you don’t necessarily need to keep it a secret from everyone on the planet 🙂

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      • I wish, but unfortunately editing my novel is first priority at the moment. 😦 Ah well, there’s always next year!

        Certainly! Some people do think that writing is a solitary experience, but that doesn’t have to be the case – sharing is caring, no? 😉

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      • Well if you actually have something finished that you like to work on, makes NaNo sort of redundant since it’s an event where finishing a story is the main goal 🙂

        Good luck with your editing!

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