And so I began NaNoWriMo (yes, that’s a real thing)

1 November, 2012 § 1 Comment

This should have involved more preparation. Not that I didn’t plan to prepare, it’s just that November came out of no where, and I’m pretty sure my calendar skipped at least September, if not October as well. “Why are there leaves falling?” I thought. “I just went swimming and had a popsicle the other day.” But November 1st has come, and I pinky-promised myself I would start this today. And so I did.

Writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed. However, starting a project of this magnitude has just been too daunting. I feel like I’m being asked to jump straight to tiger-training when I haven’t even successfully convinced a dog to roll over and fetch.

What is this NaNoWriMo that’s so daunting, you ask? National Novel Writing Month is essentially a challenge to write 50,000 words in one month (at least 1,667 words each day). My first novel.

Today, November 1st, I sharpened my pencil and readied my spiral-bound (okay, I opened my laptop) and word-vomited 1,679 words into the first .doc file in my NaNoWriMo folder. I typed in things like “Tallguy” and “Maingirl” where I hadn’t yet decided on character names, and frequently checked my word count progress.

Sometimes it surprised me (“Wow, that 600 words went quickly.”) But more often it was a college flashback (“Ugh, does the professor really want 3 single-spaced pages? I think the 2.5 I’ve finished are good enough.”) I’ll admit, it was a little painful towards the end.

I guarantee these first words will never see the light of day. But the beauty of it is that they never have to. These 1,679 words are the talentless, inbred giants upon whose shoulders my future words will stand. They’re not supposed to be the ones in the sun; they’re only supposed give me somewhere to start.

So, cheers, fellow NaNoWriMo participants. Whether you’re a seasoned vet or a first-time participant like myself, I think we’re off to a decent start. How was your first day?

Noveling Affidavit

My pledge to complete NaNoWriMo during November 2012.

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