My first NaNoWriMo


Five days to go before NaNoWriMo begins, and I’m still working on my novel’s premise. I still haven’t nailed down what should happen for my protagonist by the end of the story.

Shouldn’t I know that before I start writing — meaning before November 1st?

I joined NaNoWriMo, because I want to write this novel. It’s been growing in my head for at least a couple years, now, and it wants out.

My goal for this NaNoWriMo is to write at least 50,000 words of the first draft of this novel. I intend to reach that word count before the end of the month. Do I know for sure that my first draft will be finished by then? Nope.

But I’ll be 50, 000 words closer to the end of it. And then I’ll finish it, though I might be writing the last words after November 30th.

It sounds silly, but I’m looking forward to copy-and-pasting my first 50K words into the word counting thingy on the NaNoWriMo website and getting my pdf winner’s certificate to fill out and print.

More than that, though, I want to finish the first draft of this story. I’ve thought of hand-writing it, just to be able to hold a hand-written first draft of my first novel. The word count, though . . . what a mess! I’d rather not add that to my daily to-do list.

I’m probably going to write this novel using Microsoft Word, since I still haven’t gotten the hang of my free 30-day trial version of Scrivener.

I’m also checking out Microsoft’s One Note as a tool for organizing my novel, but . . . I’d rather just focus on writing the novel. I don’t use most of the fancy extras that Word has, and if I use Scrivener this NaNoWriMo, I’ll only be using the basic features — the ones I need to write to give my novel the structure it needs without complicating shit so much that I run away screaming back to Word or decide to just handwrite the whole first draft (even if it means sacrificing access to the fill-out-and-print pdf winner’s certificate. I want that thing so much).

Microsoft’s One Note has an app, which means I can access and add to my notes with my iphone. Which is pretty neat. Still . . . reserving judgment.

So, are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? And, if so, what are you using to help you nail that word count challenge and finish that first draft?

And how’s NaNo prep going?


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