November 2, 2011

NaNoWriMo--Days 1 & 2

Wow, for a new-bee (pun intended) at NaNoWriMo, I'm feeling pretty jazzed. This "write 1,700 words a day" thing is a whole new experience for me. Never before have I written to the ticking of the clock. But so far, the pressure has done me well. I've already achieved my quota for two days with words to spare, Woot-Woot! As soon as the word-counter-Nano-widget is available I'll post it and keep it up to date.

Probably the hardest thing for me at this point is to push ahead without going back to edit. Oh, I've fixed a word or two, but all in all I'm really trying to discipline myself to just get the words down. Since I had already started the manuscript (about 50 pages/15,000 words in) before NaNo, I was already heading into the Middle Zone (aka Act 2, Part 1). My young adult manuscript should total out at about 60,000+ words (200+ pages) when it's finished, so NaNo should take me all the way to the end. Hard to believe it's possible, but I'm being extra open-minded about this ;-D

Would love to hear how others are doing? Or how you did with a past NaNoWriMo.


  1. That's the part that would drive me crazy about NaNo--the no time to edit and fuss with it. I can totally see how it would be a useful exercise, but I know it would take me more discipline not to edit than it would to sit down and write.

  2. Am a Newbie NaNoer too. I want to edit everything written but that's a big no-no. Am just letting it flow the best I can. Let the words out.

    All the best.

  3. This is # 3 for me. My downfall the last two tries was stopping to edit. No editing this year, just write and then revise afterwards. I will submit my first chapter to Harlequin's SYTYCW program in Dec and see where it goes.