My Pledge to Myself: NaNoWriMo, Day 2


I was inspired by all the people I heard from who said they are going ahead and participating this year and, so, I went and registered. I’m officially doing NaNoWriMo. I’m not sure how that will work out given other prior writing commitmetns, but so far so good.

In just two days, here’s what I learned:

  • If I don’t sit and watch CNN, Fox and surf Pinterest, Craftsy and Amazon, etc., I can get a solid hour of writing done before work. (Yes, I did already know this, but it’s always good to have a reminder. )
  • Sometimes the best laid story plans come with absolutely no warning.
  • I am geniunely excited about what I wrote both yesterday and this morning.
  • Knowing that hundreds of thousands of people around the world are also participating and making writing a priority definitely helps.

Here’s what I’m still pondering:

  • What happens when I have to take a break to fulfill my other writing obligations?
  • If I don’t reach 50,000 words, but still do a significant chunk of my new story will it still be a win? (I say yes, but you know …)
  • What happens when the novelty of all this writing wears off and I’m left holding the pieces of a story that I can’t make work?

So here’s my pledge: I’m going to keep going as much as I can and not worry about what happens if. I will consider it an accomplishment that I’ve set this goal for myself and that I worked as hard as I could for as long as I could while still doing all the other things that need to be done each day. I hope you’ll join me and take this pledge.

And I’ll also really appreciate my husband who will understand that NaNoWriMo may put a crimp in what I’m making for dinner for the next few weeks.

My word count as of this morning: 3,413.

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