Tuesday, November 1, 2011

And So NaNoWriMo Begins

Yes, today is the very first day of NaNoWriMo, at least for us in Australia. Excitement fills our house as five people sit down to create masterpieces. Five people? Yes, today two more Elvises joined the ranks of NaNoers. Sophie and Gemma-Rose have made a sudden decision to join the Young Writers Program and do their own NaNoWriMo.
We're lucky that, as so many of us are doing NaNo, we're allowed to do it for school work. So in a morning's work, I've completed so much more writing than I ever would have done without it being classed as school work. I even have time to write a blog post!

Everyone's heads are filled with story plots. Round the lunch table we discussed Mum's story plot. Gemma-Rose is planning her mermaid story. Sophie chats enthusiastically about her girl's day at school. (Why is it that homeschool children like to write about school?). Charlotte pours out her ideas for her explosive fairy. And me? I've got no idea where my story is going yet. But, despite not knowing that, I have a story anyway.

There's something magical about sitting down to a new writing project, with only the barest idea as to what it's about. I was so scared that I would waste time working out how to start the story, that I mentally wrote my first line several days ago. But I shouldn't have worried. the story I don't know about is coming out my fingertips. All I have to do is put them onto the keys.

Yesterday, I was so impatient for NaNoWriMo to start, that I resorted to making a NaNoWriMo notebook to write all my crazy story notes in. I can see it filling up with things to remember. Names, occupations, hobbies, things I have to work in.

Now that NaNo is here, I'm so happy and full of ideas. and best of all, I've found that writing is good for headaches. So, to all those doing NaNoWriMo this year, I wish you easy writing and a massive word count. Now, back to my story!

For those people like me who are crazy enough to try NaNoWriMo, how are you going? Are your word counts sky-rocketing like mine? Or are you pulling out your hair as you try to make the words come?

For those not doing NaNoWriMo, what are you doing while we're all attempting this ridiculous goal? What do you think of those who are trying NaNo?


  1. That's great! I hope we both get through to the other side. Your mum tells me that you're doing the Young Writer's Program. What's your goal?

  2. Thanks Autumn. I hope all the rest of the days are as easy as today!

  3. Well, good luck to all of you!

    I decided not to do it this year. I only have six free hours total from all my weekdays and I need those hours for a job - if I ever find one. I suppose if I really wanted to, I could find time, but this is my senior year and I don't want to add more to my schedule...... :(

    So write like the wind! I'm cheering for you!

  4. Thanks! I can totally understand why you don't want to do NaNo this year. I doubt many people have it as easy as I do.

    I'm writing like the wind, and I'm way ahead of my wordcount!

  5. My mother is letting me count NaNoWriMo as one, giant creative writing assignment. I've never done it before but I'm very, very excited!
    I'm off to a bit of a slow start, but at least I have my story planned out in my head, so I think I'll be able to gather speed later on in the week.
    Good luck! :)

  6. High Fives! I'm also allowed to count it as a huge creative writing exercise. I hope your writing goes as well as mine. At this rate I'll have to write two books!

  7. Immy, my word count (so far) is 753. I'm hoping to finish the month with 5000 words!!! (ha! that'll be fun!)
    i love your blog!!!!
    Love Brid xox

  8. Well done! At this rate you'll be done in plenty of time. I'm up to 14' 000 words at the moment. I'm really enjoying NaNoWriMo. How about you?