First day into NaNoWriMo, and I have broken my first thousand words. I have tweaked little things here and there but am following a few cardinal rules this year. First and foremost, my internal editor is turned off until December 1st. No going back and revising small sections unless they really need it to make things flow. No deleting anything, moving it around to work it in somewhere else, yes, but no deleting. Last year I got distracted and discouraged, the year before I was able to use the “I have exams so it is okay I didn’t finish” excuse. This year is the year. I am concentrating on the small goals. That being 1,667 words of progress each and every day.
I am writing something a little different this year. The last 2 years I have tried my hand at fantasy novels, to varying degrees of success. The problem is that I have had these in mind for a while before NaNoWriMo and most are based off of Dungeons and Dragons characters of mine. I found it hard to write about that because I did not want to just rehash old campaigns onto paper, but also I had a lot invested in these characters and did not want to change them.
This year I am starting fresh with a Sci-fi novel, and making up the characters, their strengths and flaws as I go, and how best they can fit the story. To be honest, I have no idea where this story will take me. I have about a dozen ideas bouncing around in my head and am taking bits and pieces from each.
To top it all off, I also have an extra source of motivation this year. My wonderful girlfriend is taking part as well, so now I am not just writing to get my 1,667 a day and call it quits, but it will drive us both to keep ahead of one another and hopefully spur on our creative processes.
This was intended to be a short post, but I will end it now, as I still have about another 600 words to write this evening.
Good luck to everyone!