Day 1 into NaNoWriMo and surprisingly I am actually writing more that I thought I would as the words seem to be flowing out. Perhaps it’s because I have had this kernel of an idea for my novel brewing in the back of my head for a few months now but just have not written it down.
I’ve tried to set up a sort of ‘production schedule’ whereby I am training myself to just sit and write at certain times of the day. I find I struggle to write when I have hours of time to spare as opposed to knowing I have just 30 mins free during a lunch break (I think having a deadline really helps!). At the moment I’m writing around 600 words per 30 mins.
What I would suggest to other writers out there is Don’t worry about it getting it just right. Just write.
Don’t attempt to re-read what you have written and just let the words flow out. That’s the approach I’m taking.
Don’t worry if what you are writing doesn’t make sense. Just get the words down onto the paper. I’m not even paying much attention to punctuation as I know I can fix this post NaNo.
Try timed writing sprints. These have been very effective for me and I used to think before that I could not write enough in a short amount of time. Conversely I feel that when I have a certain amount of time that is restricted, I write faster. I now commit to writing if I get a seat on the tube. This gives me 20 mins writing time on my commute in which I can churn out 200-300 words. This sets me up for the day well knowing I have already achieved a third of my quota before I hit the day job.
How was your day 1? If you are taking part in NaNo be sure to take advantage of the great pep talks and write-in’s they are hosting. I am planning on attending a write in later this week so that I will also have an opportunity to connect with other authors as well.
Hope your writing is going well!