Sunday, 8 November 2015

NaNoWriMo - Week 1

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Week 1

They say week one is the toughest - and boy oh boy has it been. I'll be honest with you, I haven't been able to give NaNoWriMo the attention it's deserved this week. Oh don't worry, I have my excuses to hand and they're exactly what I thought they would be. Work and life. 

An excuse might be handy to have but it isn't going to write a novel. 

I've been pulling a lot of extra hours in work this past week, so much so that the little free time I have had has been dedicated to eating and sleeping. And that's about it. Starting early means I have zero time before work to write, and coming home late leaves me with very little enthusiasm to sit in front of a computer screen. 

Life, that little thing I've been trying to have in-between working and sleeping has been getting in the way too. Writing is a solitary thing and trying to balance it with mingling with real live humans is difficult. I was hoping to hammer out a few thousand words over this weekend, but I haven't sat down until now! I attended a bloggers event that went on longer than expected, caught up with one of my closest friends straight after it, then spent nearly all of today hanging out and catching up with my brother - then trying to get next weeks blog posts together. 

Sacrifices have to be made. But I'm not going to become a hermit just yet though I can see this changing if my word count really doesn't start to drastically improve!

I also really dislike about 90% of what I've written so far. My plan is to write myself into a better plot somehow. Eeek. 

So, in short, so far not so good.

NaNoWriMo Action Plan for week 2

  1. Write my way into a new plot
  2. Do a couple of creative writing exercises outside of NaNoWriMo to stretch those creative writing muscles.
  3. Make a point of opening the document at least once a day - even if I do nothing but headbutt the keyboard it will still boost my word count! 
Current word count: 2,512/50,000


  1. Wow, sounds like such a challenge - I bet what you've written so far is fab, don't be too hard on yourself!
    Good luck with it all!

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

  2. What genre are you writing? I don't know why you would do this to yourself Sarah, 50,000 words sounds like a nightmare come to life! x

    Amy at Amy & More