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NaNoWriMo Progress Report: Week One

Week One Update (1)

Daily Words Written:

1. 2,036
2. 4,077
3. 2,016
4. 2,002
5. 2,052
6. 2,079
7. 4,045
8. 2,011

Week One Total: 20,318

My novel, Second Chances, has been going really well. The words have been flowing out of my mind like running tap water. It’s been great!

The best part is I don’t have an outline this time. I usually do, but it feels good to just let the characters run the show. They’ve been doing a good job so far, too.

My favorite part is my interpretation of Heaven and the way it looks and works. What it means to be a Guardian Angel, to get into Heaven from Purgatory, etc. I’ve been making up a brand new world as I go along and I’ve been doing a great job at it! Well, I think I am anyway.

My daily goal is to hit 2,000 words a day. As you can see from my totals, I’ve been keeping up with that. I write every morning before work for an hour and that’s where my 2k comes from. I got an extra 2k on the second because I had a write-in that evening. The seventh was Double-Up Day so I doubled my word count to hit 4k that day.

Aside from the write-in, I have yet write anything after work only because I’m so tired. But I’ve been getting my 2k done in the morning, so I guess that doesn’t matter.

Week two is supposedly the “slump week” where people begin to lag on their novels. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen to me. I don’t have to babysit after work today so I’m hoping to get an extra 2k done today. Tomorrow I don’t have work (but I still have to babysit in the afternoon) so I hope to get 2k-4k words again. Same with Wednesday: I don’t have work or babysitting. I’ll be doing last minute shopping for my sister’s baby shower, but I’m hoping to bang out another 4k. We’ll see.

Thursday and Friday will be rough. Thursday is my long day between work and babysitting. Friday I have work, babysitting, and then I have to go to the hall to set up for the baby shower.

I plan on getting up bright and early Saturday morning to get my writing done before my sister’s baby shower because that’s going to take up my whole day. Sunday I’ll be able to get back on track with a normal schedule, but then we’ll be onto week three!

How is your NaNo novel doing?

If you would like to add me as a writing buddy or know more about my novel, visit my NaNo page: Fiery_Sapphire.

For a summary of my novel, you can read my post called Second Chances. For an excerpt of my novel, you can read my latest Short Story Sunday.

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

17 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Progress Report: Week One

  1. Wowza! What a way to work on a novel. I’m glad to see you’re matching your goals. Ha! I just asked you about write-ins on your comment on my blog, and I see you’ve mentioned them here. lol That’s what I get for jumping the gun. 😉

    I’ve always found (at least since 2013) that the second week is where I really actually get into my groove. The first week, I’m still finding a rhythm, but by the second week, I’m raring to go. I have faith you’ll be the same way. You got this. 😉

    1. Lol, I just answered you before reading this!
      That happened to me a few years ago. Everyone was complaining about week two, but I was doing really well. Last year, it didn’t happen. But I wasn’t that into the stories I was writing. I wrote a short story collection and I missed writing an actual novel.

      1. Part of me wants to do another short-story-a-week challenge, but I’ve got too many other projects I need to complete before I attempt something like that again. Maybe I’ll try to do that short story (between 5-10K) a month again… Maybe… I miss writing short stories sometimes.

  2. Whooo! Look at you! I think the lag doesn’t have to be inevitable if you have the right amount of passion for your novel – and it seems like that’s what you’ve got. Here’s to the rest of the month for you!

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