My First NaNoWriMo

I realized, being 2018, this is my tenth year doing NaNoWriMo. 10 years! That’s a long time. I’ll admit, my first NaNoWriMo was technically in 2009. That was my first story, but I did join in 2008. I just had no idea what I was doing. I spent that year exploring the website and checking in on the forums.

Either way, I’ll talk about the first story I wrote for NaNo.

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I know I’ve talked about this before, but it’s been a while so I thought I’d talk about it again. I wrote a story called The Others. If I remember correctly, this was my idea of the Pixar movie, Inside Out, long before it was a thing.

The Others

My protagonist had DID, though I barely knew anything about it. The POV was through the different personalities though not the actually protagonist. Each personality was based on an emotion. I remember there was anger, happiness, sadness, love, and maybe jealousy? I can’t remember if I included jealousy or not. So, yeah, I thought of Inside Out first. Thinking back on it, it was a pretty cool idea and I think I executed it well. Or, as well enough as I could have for a 16-year-old who did no research whatsoever.

Honestly, I wish I still had the story so that I could go back and read through it. Maybe I’d even comment on it on here like I did with my first fan fiction story a long time ago.

Then again, I don’t know if I’d be willing to share the story. It would depend on how “well written” it was.

I lost the story anyway. It was saved on my flash drive and my USB port on my old laptop broke. I put in my flash drive and learned the hard that it was broken and it kind of fried my flash drive.

I still have the flash drive though… I wonder if I should try plugging it into my new laptop and see what happens?

How many years have you been doing NaNoWriMo? Do you remember your first story? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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10 thoughts on “My First NaNoWriMo

  1. When I first heard about Nanowrimo in 2009, I decided to practice by writing a fantasy story I’d had in my head for a while on the ‘quantity not quality’ principle – it took me four months but it was my first finished story of such a length. My first actual Nanowrimo later that year was a sequel to that story – pretty terrible looking back, but fun to write. I still have all my old work saved away.

    • It always looks terrible, lol. But that’s what I love about NaNo – the first draft is just you telling yourself the story. As long as you get the bare bones down, you can edit to your heart’s content. 🙂

  2. You should definitely try that old flash drive! There are programs out there to recover data from things like that too.

    I really like this idea for a blog post… I might just have to write my own “first Nanowrimo” post!

    • I’ve tried those programs before! I have no idea what happened to the poor thing, lol.

      You should! It’s fun to remember. How long have you been doing NaNo?

  3. This is my 15th year doing NaNo O.o I started in 2003 but took 2005 stupidly off due to freshman year of college. I’ve lost two (2003 and 2009) and won the others. My first NaNoWriMo was AWFUL but I lost it somewhere in the intervening 15 years too because I can’t ever seem to find the right draft of it. That being said, I’ve stolen a lot of bits from it over the years to use in other projects. It was called Treading the Right Path and I only got about 10k in before dying.

    I agree that you should try the old flashdrive!! If it doesn’t work regularly, you still might able to recover the data!

    • 15, wow! That’s awesome, especially since you’ve won the majority of the years. Did your first NaNo have anything to do with what you’re writing now?

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