NaNoWriMo Day 1: Ready, Set, NaNo04:29
William Tiernan's blog coverage of NaNoWriMo continues with the first official November installment! If you need to catch up on what's been covered so far, read Will's introductory post. Be sure to share your own experiences in the comments. You can also start more NaNoWriMo talk in our brand new forum!
This weekend I got some advice from a NaNoWriMo vet: write what you know, stick to a schedule, eat lots of comfort food, and skip Thanksgiving. With these in mind, here’s an overview of my 2010 NaNo.
Title: The Obesity World Series
Genre: Young Adult - Fiction
Tagline: A girl and boy join forces to fight childhood obesity with their own version of the Little League World Series.
Writing implement: Lenovo ThinkPad
Writing space: Musty green couch.
Schedule: Monday—Friday, 10 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – novel writing. Minimum word count: 1,500/day. Saturdays, 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – big picture revisions. Sundays – watch football/catch up on sleep.
Inspirational quote: Those who don’t try, never look foolish.
Motto: Fast and loose.
Essentials: Wizard writing hat; leftover Halloween candy (Reese’s this year); SunChips; notepad, pen and pencil, water; iPod.
Last night I had trouble concentrating on trick-or-treating with my daughter. My mind was locked in pre-NaNo mode. Then, at 12:01 a.m. this morning, I stuffed a Reese’s in my mouth, put the iPod on shuffle, and released my pent-up novel ideas. It was like a literary throw-up: a chunky mix of opening plots points and characters and dialogue exploded through my fingertips and splattered onto my computer screen. I didn’t bother to consult my outline; I just started typing. Two hours later I’d finished Chapter 1 – 1,983 words. I quickly looked it over and decided it wasn’t the worst thing I’d ever written and went to sleep happy. One day in and already ahead of schedule. If I can find a way to blow off Thanksgiving I just might make it this year.
But one day at a time, right? How’s your Day 1 going? Tell us about your 2010 NaNo – overview, writing tool/space/schedule, inspiration, motto, and so on – and share your essentials for getting to the finish line.