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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) - Week One

Updated on November 7, 2012

Where's My Inspiration?

We're a week into NaNoWriMo, and my fire isn't even being kindled. I wrote a measly 2,000+ words. Not my best work. By now most inspired and committed WriMo's should be between 10,000 and 15,000 words. I'm stuck on my opening. I wrote about three alternate openings and am not happy with any of them. Perhaps this project isn't ready to be written. I may choose a different project. One that fires up my creative juices a little more. It's early. If I work hard I may be able to catch up.

I do this challenge because I am a procrastinator. Yes, I admit it. My hopes are that this challenge will eventually give me some discipline. I am trying a lot harder than I did last year. So progress is being made on that front. Even if I lose, I'll have more words written down than I did before.

But enough of that. There's still time to win. So what's my plan at this point?

By Skylar Spring
By Skylar Spring | Source

My Plan

At this point, my plan is simple. Find something to write that I can get into. Clearly the story idea I chose to run with isn't ready to be written. It's just not clicking for me right now. Perhaps, something's need to be cut or maybe the idea needs to be rethought. I love the characters in my current project. I developed them scratch. I love the world I've created for it. The history is rich and interesting and the culture is fascinating to me. It's the plot that is giving me problems. Plot is important. I intend to seek an agent once this book is complete, so If I can't get the plot right, it's not going to work out right now.

So for now, I think I'll choose another project I have saved on my computer. It's developed but unwritten as of yet. I have the basic plot points in my mind and just have to fill in the blanks. It should keep me interested as it was partly inspired by my favorite show, "Supernatural", which is currently running new episodes every week. So that should keep the fire kindled. It has nothing to do with supernatural but something about the show sparked my creativity and I started creating the protagonist in my mind.

Plan Summary:

  • Choose new project.
  • Get inspired again.
  • Catch up with everyone else by the end of the weekend.

Boy, do I have my work cut out for me!

Progress

Day
Word Count
Goal
November 1st
1,737
1,667
November 2nd
1,000
1,667
November 3rd
300
1,667
November 4th
150
1,667
November 5th
93
1,667
November 6th
0
1,667
November 7th
0
1,667

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      Karen 5 years ago from The Garden of Eugene (Oregon)

      I agree with SunnyRiver... don't go back, keep writing. (And why toss out the words you have finished? Include both books in your total word count for NaNo!) I've been experimenting with some of the software from the sponsors and they are pretty cool programs. You can do one scene at at time and completely rearrange everything later (so plotting can come before or after writing...)

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      Sunny River 5 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      I'm doing NaNoWriMo as well and I asked my sister (a veteran) her best advice for me. What did she say? Don't go back. Keep writing and don't get hung up on 'could I have done this scene better' or 'which word would be better here'. Write it and get it done. There is plenty of time for going back and rewriting and editing after November is over.

      Of course, after hearing this I went with a completely different story that was far more lighthearted because I knew I would have an easier time writing it quickly. But don't get hung up on things. Write, write, write! And do it quickly too. Good luck and Godspeed!

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