NaNo – day 1

Yesterday was the first day of NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write 50,000 new words in a month. I woke up with a terrible head cold, but I didn’t let it stop me! My pace remained slow and methodical, but I have hopes that I will get faster and faster.

It is fun to “discover” the details of the story more quickly as I sit down to write large chunks. At the end of the day I was proud of the 2,550 new words in my story! Some authors can write that in a much shorter amount of time, but I am okay with learning the ropes and going at my own pace. My project is a middle grade sci-fi novel, so I am doing a lot of world-building and character development as I go. It just takes time.

When I finally emerged from my office to join my family for the evening, I found they had posted this NaNo chart on the fridge, so they could cheer on my progress. Each square represents 500 words. How did I get so lucky to have such a supportive crew?

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