NaNoWriMo 2013 – Day 2: Now it gets tricky.

all-work-and-no-play-makes-jack-a-dull-boyWe’re on to day two of NaNoWriMo 2013, and for me this is often the most difficult day. During your planning, I often get a really good idea of how the story will open, from there things get a little more vague, and so Day Two is often when the real work begins for me. If Day One is about writing out all the anticipation, Day Two is about writing out the nerves. Laying the foundations for new pages and exploring ideas that perhaps weren’t in my plan. I’ve already written a quick 1k today, and I’ve introduced a new character, an new subplot and fleshed out the world of my novel a little bit more.

How are you finding your Day Two?

  • Danielle

    I’m a first time NaNoer. Yesterday I wrote about 100 hundred words, when I was already 400 behind and had the wonderful experience of doing 5000 in one day. Remind me why I chose to do this again.

  • Yeah, it can be tricky if you feel like you’re falling behind and you’re desperate to catch up. In my experience, it’s better not to try and catch up all in one go. You shouldn’t let yourself fall way, way behind but remember you have the rest of the month to get ahead. If your average is below the 1,666 this early, that’s no problem. Just try and hit above the 1,666 for a few days and tip the scales a bit. Compensating for a bad day by writing a huge 5k chunk might burn you out faster. You’ll probably find that it’s much easier to write big, catch-up chunks closer to the end too. By then you’ve got lots of plotlines you can wrap up and the finish line is in sight.

    Good luck with it, it’s a really good event for building up your writing confidence and getting a novel manuscript under your belt. Let me know how it goes!