NaNoWriMo Week 1 [NOVEMBER 1-7]

 Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo! I'm so excited to get started and (hopefully) get to 50,000 words by the end of the month. I have a very deep scene-by-scene outline, and my goal is to write 3,000 words today. 

I've currently passed 800 words in my project, and it's 10:40am. I'm confident that I will reach my goal by the end of the day. I've written 1.5 scenes so far, and I think my biggest problem is pacing. However, I'm trying not to worry about it much and continue on with the story.

I just passed 1.4k words and I'm feeling great! I think I'll be able to accomplish my goal. I have a lot of other work today that I need to set aside time for, and I'll get back to writing once I finish. 

I just passed 2200 words. I have completed chapters 1 and 2 (they are short chapters) and I just got to introduce two new characters. I'm getting a hold of my pacing a little better with this chapter.

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Good morning! Last night I got 2396 words, and today so far I have gotten about 400. My goal is 1,200 for today because I'm feeling more inspired. For the bit I wrote today, I made a note that while revising, I should add more scenes with the characters (to develop them more) because it seems like I'm jumping into action too early. Tomorrow is election day, and I will be off of school so I can write more. (I'm not old enough to vote yet, so I won't need to do that tomorrow.) 

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Yesterday I wrote 800 words, and I'm hoping to write 2,000 words today to make up for that. I do have a busy schedule today because my friend is coming over, and I have homework, but I have 100 words right now and I'm optimistic that I'll be able to finish that. 

It's currently 4:00pm, and I've been feeling unmotivated. I've written less than 200 words. I'm thinking about writing out of order and starting on the ending of my book, or the middle because I love writing action scenes, and beginnings are the hardest things to write, for me. However, I haven't ever written out of order so I'm not sure if it'll work. I'm at a pretty emotional and hard scene to write. My main problem is that my characters feel very cardboard and unreal.

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Yesterday I had a pretty busy but unproductive day, which is why I didn't update.

 However, today I was able to write a lot more and I got about 2,000 words, which brings my total up to 6,500 words. I'm behind by about 1,000, but it's not as daunting as before. I'm hoping that tomorrow I'll be able to write up to 10,000 words because I'm confident that the next few scenes I have outlined are solid.

 Today I was happier with the quality of my writing, so I think it was my best NaNo day so far even though I didn't have a record word count. 

Friday, November 6th, 2020 

I have written 800 words today, and I'm at 7,212 words. I need exactly 2,788 more words to get to 10k. It's currently 12:00pm, which means my lunch break is almost over. I'll write more after school ends. 

Saturday, November 7th, 2020 

It's currently just after noon. Yesterday, I got 8,100 words which I'm happy with. I'm going to attempt writing 3,000 words today because I'm usually more productive on the weekend days. 

I'm currently at 9,100 words, and I'm still feeling great. I'll definitely pass 10,000 words at the least. But I still think I'll be able to write the full 3,000 words.

I'm currently at 2,300 words for the day, and... I passed 10k!! This is monumental for me. I've never written more than about 18k in one month, and I'm definitely on track to write much more than that. I'm so glad that I challenged myself to do NaNo this month. 

It's currently 6:30pm and I'm done writing for the day. I managed a little more than 3,700 words today, which is a daily record! This brings me to 11.9k, which means I'm now ahead of schedule by about 800 words. This was probably my best day of NaNoWriMo yet, and I'm so excited to write more!

How did the first week of NaNo go for you? If you aren't participating, what progress did you make on your project this week? Happy writing!


  1. Wow! It's astonishing. One mus have a talent of writting to write more than 10k words of a story in just a week. For me, it takes at least two months to write a book chapter with 10000 words. I think I need to participate in a "writting workshop" led by you. Do you have any plan for such a workshop in the future?

    1. I'm honored that you'd want to participate in a writing workshop led by me, MB! I encourage everyone who has writing questions to ask them in the comments, because I'll usually answer them by writing a post on the topic.


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