NaNoWriMo – One Week In


NaNoWriMo is all about the numbers

Last week, I said I was going to try NaNoWriMo this month. I thought I’d check in with a progress report.

So far it’s been different than I expected. I’d had a daily word count goal before, but it was only 1,500 words (so less than the 1,667 required for NaNo).  However, that was spread across however many projects I wanted. If I got bored or wasn’t sure where to take the story next, I could just move on to a project that was flowing better.

No such luck with NaNo. I’ve got to figure out how to write that 1,667 every day. If I’m not exactly feeling a scene or not sure where I want it to go, too bad. I have to figure it out. That’s been different.

The good news is that NaNo has been a learning experience in that I’ve been way more committed. I’ve got a journalism background, so I take deadlines seriously. The idea of getting behind on the overall big project (50k words by Nov. 30) freaks me out. So, I’ve been much more zealous about making my word count. If I fall way behind, I know it will be too hard to catch up, so I’ve been writing when I normally would call it quits. On Nov. 3, I was out all day and didn’t get home and able to sit down in front of a computer until 11:30 at night. On a normal day, I would’ve just gone to bed. But, I knew I’d be way behind on NaNo if I did. So, I sat down for a sluggish hour and got 819 words.

I wrote 300 words one day, in the morning, but then got busy and didn’t have much time to write. Again, I sat down at 10 pm, and got another thousand words. Why? Because I knew 300 words for a NaNo day just wasn’t going to cut it.  So, NaNo certainly inspires more consistency. That’s been an interesting lesson.

So far, here are my totals for the first week, Nov. 1-7

Nov. 1      2,158
Nov. 2     2,007
Nov. 3       819
Nov. 4     2,339
Nov. 5     1,828
Nov. 6     1,368
Nov. 7     2,556
Total      13,075

About RJ Crayton

RJ Crayton is a former journalist who now writes fiction. She's reported for the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, as well as the smaller publications Education Technology News and Campus Crime. She has two published novels, Life First and Second Life and blogs for Indies Unlimited and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. For exclusive content and first looks at her new work, sign up for the newsletter at
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2 Responses to NaNoWriMo – One Week In

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  2. Laurie Boris says:

    It’s a fascinating exercise in both focus and letting go. I know you’ll make it, RJ! I’m running behind, which gives me pause at this point because I “budget” an off-day or two around Thanksgiving. Time to go catch up.

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