Quick First Week Update – NaNomania

The first week isn’t technically over until after tomorrow, but my weekend is looking busy so I’m throwing this up now. The bad news is, I’m a tad bit behind. The threat of a head cold required a night of cold medicine intake which resulted in sleeping the night away. All of it. So, one slow night and one zero night means writing like a fiend tonight and tomorrow. I’d really like to at least be caught up before week two starts.

The good news is, I’m having a blast. Turns out, being able to tell yourself you don’t have time to second guess, and meaning it, works wonders. Can’t remember a minor name you used 12 pages ago? Put [look back for name] and move on. Know that you need to add some info to the first two scenes to make the motivations clear? Make a mental note and keep those fingers going.

Talk about freedom!

I’m seeing parts of the story I’ve never been able to see before. Thinking of goals and motivation without wanting to jump out a window. And looking forward to having something substantial to revise. Crazy. I also wrote the most words in one night that I’ve ever done when 2000 words flowed onto the paper last night. I’m still wondering where all those words came from.

Would love to hear how everyone’s first week is going. Is the story writing itself? Are the characters running amuck? Anyone brought in an alien abduction just to spice things up? Fellow NaNoers want to know!

5 thoughts on “Quick First Week Update – NaNomania”

  1. Renee says:

    No alien abductions in my ms, although I did consider bringing in a fire breathing dragon. And although I think it could have been plausible in biblical times I don’t think my readers would appreciate it.

    I’m a little behind, I have 2,674 more words before I reach 10k. But it’s all good. It’s not the only thing I’m writing. And, as much as I hate to admit it, I am looking back, and I’m doing some research as I go along.

    Happy writing!

  2. TerriOsburn says:


    You’re doing research as you go? Why…..yeah, that’s not the end of the world. LOL! I have done the [enter something here] a couple of times, and I had to rework 50 words or so, but I’m pushing on for the most part.

    I’m less than 2K from 10K, which puts me way behind at this point, but I’m hoping to make up serious ground Wednesday while I’m off.

    I’ve hit a point where this conversation between the H/H is pretty damn important. And though I know it doesn’t have to be perfect, I want to get this part as right as I can. That’s going to take a day or so of thinking it through.

  3. Yeah, I can’t imagine not reaching a point to have to slow down to either research or revise. Place holders are great for pushing on, but hard to sustain. Hmm, maybe if I put brackets around the whole thing. 🙂

    Great job and keep moving on!

  4. TerriOsburn says:

    Hey, Melissa! I get that they say keep going, you can research and clean up later. But sometimes the clean up IS necessary to be able to keep going. If I’d have revealed a certain bit of info to my hero, that I later realized he shouldn’t know yet, and didn’t go back to change it, the rest would have been all messed up.

    So, sometimes you just gotta do it. LOL! Came up with an idea for the scene where I stopped and quickly typed it in an email from my work email to my home. LOL! Looking forward to getting home and getting into the work.

  5. Quantum says:

    Terri, you must be nuts to subject yourself to this NaNo lunacy!

    Crazy Americans! LOL.

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