NaNoWriMo – the beginning

Two days into NaNoWriMo and I’m still here! And I’m on (actually, slightly ahead of) target! OK, so I know it’s only been two days, but I’m nonetheless pleased.

For the past two days I’ve had the luxury of a strategically planned break from the dayjob, so I was able to indulge my predilection for writing in cafes. Both mornings I began with journalling (in one of my notebooks!) over eggs and coffee, and then migrated to the keyboard. Having the whole day, I was then able to resume writing in the afternoon after a brain break.

Very civilised.

And I’m pacing myself too. I’ve only written for a few hours each day, in two separate sessions. In between I’ve been doing the last of the housework, or exercise…

I know it can’t last, that when I resume the dayjob next week I’ll be tearing my hair out trying to get the words down in the small time I’ll have available. But at least I’ve got the next few days to have a good run at it at a sustainable pace.

And if I get to the end of Tuesday (my last day of vacation) with 12,000 words done, then that’s a mighty good start.

I don’t know how much I’ll be blogging this month, because I think I’m going to get a bit crazy. But I’m sure if I’m doing anywhere near well with NaNoWriMo, I won’t be able to help myself from posting brief updates. Whether there’ll be anything else on my mind, remains to be seen!

9 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo – the beginning

  1. I know what you mean about the day job and other distractions but for the past 2 nights I have been aiming to start writing by 8 o’clock and be finished by 10:00 – 10:30. So far it’s gone well. I’m not sure if what I’ve written I’ll use as I am really just yanking it out of my head but at the same time I like some of the ideas. It’s a first draft I figure so it’s getting my ideas down and seeing where they go.

    I am a few hundred words behind but I’ll be making that up. NaNoWriMo seems to be good for grabbing an idea and getting down quickly. So far so good – 27 days to go. Good luck Ellen!


    1. Susy, when I go back to work I suspect my evening schedule will be identical! Glad to hear it’s working for you. I like to have an idea of where I’m going before I write though, and while I have the time, am doing some pre-planning. I daresay that will go out the window next week! I will also have to make sure I don’t stay up too late catching up on social media etc. that will be my downfall I suspect, coz I’ll get tired and then all will be pear shaped lol
      BTW: what’s your nano handle and we can be buddies? I’m ellenvgreg.


    1. *waves Pom poms back*
      I should probably be further ahead given all the time I’ve had, but I’m pacing myself ๐Ÿ™‚
      Keep it up, Cora! (I like the way we can keep tabs on our buddies’ word counts!)


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