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NaNoWriMo 2010: Day One

Day One word count: 20,043

I told myself I'd hit 20,000 words on the first day just like I did last year. It was a struggle. The first five thousand or so were the hardest not in the writing itself but making sure I set up the portals between the world in a way that wouldn't create major screwups ten thousand words later. It was still a consistent flow of writing, but nowhere near what I can normally write. This worried me in the later hours as the hours ticked by and I was doing as much goofing around on Twitter as I was actually writing. Whoops. During dinner and 14,000 words I did the math and determined that it was still possible to write 20k in a day; I just had to get myself in gear and actually write.

This also went more slowly than expected, even after introducing another alternate version of my main character, so I turned to Write or Die for a couple of sessions and a nearly guaranteed way to push myself to write a thousand words in fifteen minutes, thus knocking a significant chunk of remaining word count out of the way.

The later evening hours brought tiredness, slower writing, and more typos. The last few hundred words of the last Write or Die session, lasting from 11:40 to 11:55, was ridiculous in the number of typos I produced. But I was a determined one. Those typos could be fixed as long as the word count is preserved, so I pushed forward and hit 20,043 words at 11:55 pm. Victory.

The rest of the month will be much more reasonable in terms of daily word count goals, so day one will always show up as my most successful day on my NaNo user stats page (which by the way is awesome). The three-day novel taught me that writing 20,000 words two days in a row causes my back to revolt. We don't want that, do we?


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Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Whoa. That's ten times my day one count. I'm not sure the channels from my brain to my fingers have enough bandwidth to be able to physically do that! Congratulations!
Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
It's definitely hard, but it's doable. The editor needs to be beaten into submission before beginning, though. You're doing great, so keep going!
Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot of words! O_O Serious props to you!

What's your word count goal? I doubt it's the standard 50k if your 1st day goal was 20k.

Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm aiming for 150k this year, so 20k is really only a three-day cushion.
Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Why no, I'm not procrastinating on my Nano Novel, why do you ask?
That is a formidable goal; I don't think I've ever topped 60k during Nano. Usually my goal is to just finish the damn thing since my motivation seriously drops once the urgency of Nano is gone.

How long does it take you to write the 5k a day to maintain? Do you do a lot of the writing sprints or word wars?
Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Day One word count: 20,043.

Nov. 2nd, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)

Nice job on the 20k day! That would take me almost 8 hours of nonstop writing to get to, probably. Amazing job, keep it up!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm so proud of you! I've still not written anything, but I'm going to change that in just a bit.
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