Hello friends!

I’m a week into NaNoWriMo and hoo-boy, it’s been interesting.

I’ve managed to write 15,001 words! Woot!

I’m tired. I’m starting to get sick. I’ve struggled. But, I’ve managed to get words on the page. Reaching this milestone a few days early is huge for me. With a busy week of life and work coming down the pipe, I had planned to get a few days ahead in my word count to make sure I didn’t fall behind. And I did it! Yeah!

week one stats for trishajennreads in NaNoWriMo 2016

But…I’m definitely into the “oh-my-goodness-this-story-is-complete-and-utter-crap” phase right now. I’ve complete left my outline in the dust (and I didn’t even really like my outline…). I made it a few scenes in before I started jumping around and missing things and…yeah…that planning thing didn’t work out so well. Now, I don’t really know where this story is going, but at least it’s words on the page.

dumbledore gif

I’ve learned a few things…

I have learned a few things during the last 15,001 words.

  1. Prep is important. Especially knowing WHO your characters are and what their BACKSTORY is.
  2. Prep is really important. Especially knowing the details of your WORLD. (And yes, I have previously written here on the blog about the importance of world-building. And no, I didn’t do any of that before I started writing.)
  3. Upbeat instrumental music and my rad headphones actually help me focus and write.
  4. I tend to make my characters look a lot. This is something that will definitely need to be edited out.
  5. I also, it appears, tend to write either great prose or lots of back and forth dialogue but not together. Again, this is something I will have to look into during the editing phase.
  6. I really wish I’d done more research or brainstorming about my world. I have a sentence in my head to describe what I’d like this to be but I know it is not coming through at all in my draft.
  7. I reaaaaaaallly want to go back and edit while I write but I’m trying soooo hard not to. It is very exhausting to fight this battle.
  8. I am determined to finish this draft (pretty much finish my first novel draft ever…I tend to give up/get distracted) and the NaNo goal is really helping me stay focused. I will win.

Okay–that’s probably enough random thoughts and feelings for you tonight.

How is your NaNo-ing going? 

  1. I’m so excited for you! And impressed! I know how hard it must be to keep pushing forward and not look back to edit. But think how wonderful that will be at the end of the month when you have all those words to work with! I just got back from a writing conference and the reminder to just write and get words on the page is the number one thing I need to focus on. Can’t wait to hear more updates and good luck!

  2. I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU! That graph is beautiful and – look at that, it’s above the curve! I laughed out loud when you mentioned your world building, aaah so cute! I believe in you – you can finish of NaNo without editing, and then December will be the editing month! You could correlate the editing with a chocolate calendar and do a chapter every two days! .. or every day, depending on how many you have.

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