#NaNoWriMo: Day 1 – Word count, challenges, and writing schedule


Day 1 of Nanowrimo is complete! I was a bit anxious during the night and didn’t get much sleep so I was up and writing at 4am. I had an alarm set for 6am. The plan was for me to write a little, go for my run, then write again once I was back in. But I’m not complaining because I exceeded my word count!

Nanowrimo Day 1 word count

I wrote 2,000 words my first day of Nanowrimo. It started out a bit slow with me writing about 300 words and feeling stumped on which route I wanted to take the dialogue. As I explained in Day 0’s post, I’ve mapped out my scenes and how I want everything to go, but I don’t have written what I want my characters to say. I just know what I want them to achieve by the end of each chapter.

Anyway, my word count is set for 1668 but for Day 1 I exceeded it as I expected. Last year during Nanowrimo, a similar thing happened with me writing over the set word count. The reason for this is a mix of excitement and starting something new. I do this with everything new project, regardless of what it’s for lol. The real test will be around the 17th when I start to feel the burn. If I’m still writing 2,000 words then, I’ll celebrate.

My challenges

Editing as I write. This is the most annoying thing I do but I can’t help it. Every writing expert strongly recommends not editing as you write. It slows your pace and makes you take longer on your work than you should. But I’m a bit of perfectionist and can’t resist getting rid of a red squiggly line. My challenge for this year’s Nanowrimo will be to just write, make the mistakes, and fix it during editing.

Nanowrimo Writing Schedule

I’ve decided to start writing at 5am since this is an ideal time to get my writing out on the page and still have time to take care of other areas of my life. I’m my most creative in the morning. Night writing could only work if I got late starts to my day which I can’t do right now, so morning writing is the answer.

If you’re participating in Nanowrimo this year, please feel free to share what you learned on Day 1 and how much you logged for the first day!

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