Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day One

[Currently Listening To: The Other Side of the Door (T Swift); added to soundtrack for The End of You and Me]

Halloween was fabulous.  But it was probably the most unproductive weekend of my life, and I will not be attempting that again in a while.  Time to put my nose to the grindstone and get back to work.  

In the afternoon, I wrote 1,685 words, which is just over the 1,667 you have to get per day. Except then I noticed other people BEING OVERACHIEVERS and getting more done.  Some people have freakish word counts.*  I'm not even sure how that's possible.  So, later I tacked on a bit more so my final progress for day one looks like this:

2118 / 50000 words. 4% done!

I'm probably going to treat NaNo like I treat other aspects of my life: just enough to get by.**  So as long as I hit the 1,667 mark every day, that is it.  I am good to go.  The first day, I went a little extra, but I doubt that will be a common occurrence.

I'm a tad obsessed with the NaNo graphs.  They're so cool (and depressing) to look at.  Go, little yellow bar!  

My story has no title.  This is bothering me.  I'm really bad with titles.  What I need is some kind of random title generator.  Or maybe I can be like Margaret Mitchell (Gone With The Wind) and just draw some random line from the text and make it a title.  GWTW is like a super-bestseller-classic, right?  Hmmm.  I'm going to do it now.  I'm going to point at the screen randomly and see what I get.

From His Heart To His Fingertips.

Sounds like bestselling material.  I'll take it.***

*By some people, I mean Jenita.  Just to make things perfectly clear.
**No, that is not how I treat my life, children.  You should always overachieve!  Shoot for the stars and all that!
***No, I'm not giving it that title.  That sounds like an awkward romance novel or like I randomly pointed at my screen for a line of text.  Oh wait...


  1. First off, congrats on a good start. You cranked out more than necessary, so good enough. My advice to you however, would be to aim for something different than word count. Yes, that's what NaNo is all about, but I found something out myself yesterday. When I started concentrating on the story and just let it flow, I ended up with a complete chapter that was way above the necessary word count. That's not to say I didn't glance down at the words indicator in Word, but I tried to shut that out as my focus. And don't worry about the other people who can crank out crazy amounts of words. Something is obviously wrong with them (grin).

  2. Speaking of crazy overachievers, my writerly cohort Alz cranked out like 11,000 words the first day. I kid you not.

    I, however, wrote a grand total of 0 (partly because of Halloween-night recovery issues). So, you're doing stupendously! Go you!

    My story also has no title. Um, and some people still need names. Yes. -__-'

  3. Ha, I was wondering if I ought to mention that I was, in fact, one of those people... Unfortunately, that's only because I spent Sunday not doing my homework. Or sleeping in. Or talking to people. Instead, I was in my room, with my computer and a very friendly can of frosting... =]