Thursday, November 1, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012 - Day 1

Update: I've hit 6,600 words. Hooray for me!

The beginning is here! I hung out with my lovely girlfriend and one of my very best friends on the eve of NaNoWriMo. We talked books and writing, we watched movies and played video games. And then after Melanie went to bed and Nick went home, I waited until midnight swung my way.

When it did, I began to set down the first words in what should be a great many in the coming month. I joined the legions of other writers who are bravely facing this month down. It's always so exciting for me. Like I said on my previous post, story telling is my religion.

I spent the month of October with this character in my head. He was very insistent, laying out a great many layers of back story for me to ponder. So when I set about the first lines of my novel at midnight, I figured it would be easy going for the first couple of paragraphs.

I was surprised to find that it actually took a little thinking to get going. I spent the first twenty minutes of NaNoWriMo trying to figure out how to start a story that I was so sure I was fully aware of. It was grueling getting out that first page. I spent a long time just staring at it. I had to reread what I'd written, trying to decide if what I'd done was the right thing.

Soon, however, I was in the full throes of writing mode, and I began to plug in paragraphs that I suddenly realized were very needed to flesh out what I'd written, and before long, I'd finished my first day's worth words.

I wasn't done. Another thousand words and I was flying high. I went to bed, not wanting to over do it, then added a bit more to the book, my total word count on the first day of this glorious month sitting at a pretty solid 3,300. That's almost twice what it needs to be for day one. I'm not going to lie. This feels good. I figure there will be some down moments, so I'd like to get as much done now as I can. Just in case those slow days come out of nowhere.

More to come from me. As it is, I'm having a blast!