Update #1 – 8th November
It’s been over a week since NaNoWriMo started and I’ve only just realized how much work and effort something like this requires. Trying to balance University and NaNoWriMo has certainly been hard and has a big impact on my word count. On the first few days, I was winning at NaNoWriMo, I’d managed to keep up with the word count and I was really getting into the whole writing process however since coming back to University I’m ashamed to admit I’ve only written around 500 words! My aim in the next week is to sort out a timetable and try and work out some sort of balance between the two. I already know that I won’t make it to 50,000 words by the end of November but my aim is 25,000 words instead and hopefully I’ll be able to achieve that.
I don’t want to give anything away yet about what I’m writing, and I am still trying to decide whether or not I should post it on What-pad after I’ve gone over everything and edited it. If you’ve got a What-pad account I’d love to hear what your experience has been like and if you’ve got any tips for new members!
Update #2 – 15th November
We’re halfway through November which means I’ve only got 15 more days to hit my target of 25,000 words, panic! But in all honesty, I’m doing well in terms of word count, and I’ve currently written 13,567 words which equate in my book to just under four chapters which I’m so proud of! Starting this process and learning different things about the way I write is something I’ve really enjoyed and it has even inspired me to work on a few flash fiction projects that I’ve been planning for a couple of months now. My confidence in my work has also increased however I’m still not confident enough to share my work with friends and family just yet, maybe by the end of this month I’ll have sent it to someone to read.
One of the main tips I was given before I started NaNoWriMo was to ‘just write as much as I can’ and at first I really struggled with the idea of not editing or spending ages thinking of the exact words or sentence structure. However, in this last week, I’ve got into the hang of ‘just writing’ and not getting too hung up over the smallest of things and I think it’s because so much more is about to happen in my book. Their adventure is about to begin, I’m introducing new characters and new relationships and I’m at the stage where I’m excited to write and finally see this story take place. Fingers crossed this phase lasts until the end of November!
If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year then I’d love to know how things are going and how you’re finding the whole process?