NaNoWrimo Week 1 was amazing for me. I was able to write 4,000 words on the first day and hit a huge milestone in the first week. According to my NaNoWriMo profile, that was the most I had ever written for NaNoWriMo (I’m convinced that I had another NaNoWriMo account at some point but I couldn’t even begin to remember what the name of that account was). Below are some of the reasons that I think I had some early success when it came to NaNoWriMo.
As I mentioned in my ‘Preptober’ blog post, I spent October outlining my book. It was helpful for me to be able to see this roadmap and refer back to it when I was typing scenes in my story. I believe that this was a huge reason why I was successful during NaNoWriMo Week 1.
I was able to write so much on the first day of NaNoWriMo due to sprints. A sprint is a timed event where you write whatever comes to mind related to the story you are writing. Of course, you can edit later but being able to type up words and not worry about them is liberating. Since I am someone who overthinks my words, just being able to write freely without second guessing worked out great.
I think another reason why I was able to push myself so much the first few days was because I am a part of a couple of communities that have writers doing NaNoWriMo as well. It is so helpful knowing that other people are down in the trenches with you. These writers are encouraging and are always there to discuss different scenes and ideas. Also in-person and virtual write-ins are a lot of fun and allow you to meet writers in your community and around the world.
The next thing I believe attributed to my early success is a great support system. Having family members and friends help out more with my baby has been great because it has given me time to write. It has also given me some ‘me time’ that I had not had before, which is important to self-care. I can touch on more of this in another blog post. Even just having someone to talk to about the fact that I am writing a story was helpful.
Excitement and Determination
And finally, the last thing I think helped my word count was being excited and determined to complete NaNoWriMo. I knew I wanted to finally finish a NaNoWriMo project and that in order to do it, I needed to be consistent. Sure, unexpected things have happened over the course of the last month but I made it a priority to take time out of my day and write. Even if it was only 100 words on a day that I should have been writing 1,000.