Sunday, November 01, 2009

NaNo Day One

Day one of NaNoWriMo is finally here and the writing has started! We hosted our first write-in in my region this afternoon, and I have clocked my first 1700 words. The thing is, they are words in the wrong book.

Yup, you heard that right. Wrong book.

I had a plan. I had a plot. I even had a logical reason I needed to write what I'd intended. That all went out the window when I opened my laptop today.

I was supposed to start GW2 today. Instead I'm working on a shiny. My critique partners are ready to kill me, but I managed to convince myself the shiny was the more logical book to write. I know, I know. With six books in my que, there is no real logical reason to write something not contracted. But . . . I haven't received edits for GW1 yet, so major things could change that would possibly reshape the direction of the second book. (It sounded more convincing in my head.) I'm also probably going to get interrupted by two different revision notes this month, so working on something completely unconnected seemed like a good idea. We'll see. It's just one month out of the year, right?

This should be an interesting NaNo. My shiny is little more than an idea and a single character, so I'm totally pantsing this. So far, so good, but keep your fingers crossed for me.

The night is not yet over, but I've crossed the official 'nano goal' of the day, so I'm going to go ahead and splash my progress meter on the page. There will hopefully be more words after dinner--or at least some plotting.

1724 / 50000 words. 3% done!

So how is everyone else out there doing? How has the first day of NaNo treated you? Did the words flow out like you opened the flood gate when you opened your word processor, or are you struggling into a new story? Anyone's story already take an interesting turn you didn't expect? Anyone else start the wrong story (okay, not 'wrong', but an unplanned one)?

Good luck and write with abandon! Now, let's see those day one word counts!


Ginger said...

I had 1843 words before breakfast this morning. If I get the words out early, I don't have time to start procrastinating. Today was Sunday and the first day so it was an easy day.

Demon Hunter said...

I got out 1950 words today. :-D I waited until the evening to write because I was busying myself with other stuff instead of writing. :-D

Kitt said...

1,018 in an hour and a half (10p.m.-11:30p.m.) ;-) Muse and coffee, give the inspiration to keep moving at this pace. (Correction on the aforementioned title, it should have been Fortune's Fancy)

Greg said...

Hey, trying to get some other Columbia people into NaNoWrimo, but my own writing is slow to start. Hoping things will flow better After the car crash scene. 1,010/60,000

haricot vert said...

Argh. I'm already behind. :) But at least there are words on the pages.
Maybe I'll even write some today. :)

Kalayna Price said...

Wow Ginger! I really need to start writing in the morning again. "no time to start procrastinating" sounds like a plan to me!

You're already ahead on day one, Tyhitia! I can totally relate to busying oneself with non-writing things. I have to work on getting back in 'discipline mode'.

Hey Heather and Greg! You crossed the first 1k mark! I'm personally tempting my muse with Halloween chocolate. So far so good!

You'll catch up Vert! Words on paper are always good.

Anonymous said...

I'm a night person so on Saturday night I stayed up till midnight and I began to write my novel. By 3:30 I got 9,935 words and I finished 3 chapters!

Kalayna Price said...

!!! Congrats Kailia! You're already a fifth of the way through the challenge and it's only day two!

Anonymous said...

thanks! so basically all I have to do in this contest is say how far off I am in my book everyday?

NL Berger said...

Wow, Kailia, that word count is astounding. I am in awe of your mad rapid noveling skillz.

I got off to a good start yesterday--3025 words. I feel kind of like I got two days for the price of one with Sarah's Nanoween party at night and then the write in in the afternoon.

Kalayna Price said...

Yes, Kailia. It's that easy!

Great start Nikki! Yes, write-ins tend to make me super productive as well.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I'm late. Day one I got in 2552 words.

Kalayna Price said...

Woohoo Cher! Great day one wordcount!