NaNoWriMo Journal: First Day Jitters

Do I have everything?

Characters and semi-detailed profiles for them? Check!

An intriguing plot? Check!

Chapter outlines to last me for at least the first two weeks? No, but I think I can make do without it.

A musical playlist to inspire me? If Pandora counts, then check!

It’s that time of year again where writers across the globe prepare their hearts and minds for the challenge to end all challenges. Yes, I’m talking about National Novel Writing Month AKA NaNoWriMo. And this year I am truly committed to finishing the challenge.

This is my 4th (or maybe 5th) year attempting NaNoWriMo. Last year was by far my most successful year. I managed to write close to 15,000 words in about a week. Woohoo!

But this year will be different, because I learned something last year. I learned that I cannot write by the seat of my pants. I need an outline. Not a detailed, everything in its place type of outline. I just need a general guide of where I’m going and how I need to get there. So this year, I tried my best to get through a rough plot outline so I wouldn’t stumble and fall like I did last year. I managed to create character profiles for the major players in my story and through these profiles, I came across different plot points and sub plot points that may or may not appear in my story. And I think this will play a huge role in whether or not I finish the challenge.

My steaming cup of tea is next to me and a blank white page is in front of me. I’m nervous and excited and scared. But above all else, I’m ready. My characters are ready. And this story is ready to be told. It’s time to get started!

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, I want to wish you luck because I know it will be difficult. But if you’re stuck or you feel as though you can’t go on, remember that there are thousands of other writers who are going through the same thing. It’s okay to take a day off to catch your breath. If you write 20 words or 20,000 words, you’re still writing and still creating. And at the end of the day, that’s what this challenge is all about!


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