NaNoWriMo Day 1

NaNoWriMo par: 1,667
NaNoWriMo total: 1,667
Personal par: 2,000
Personal total: 2,153

NaNoWriMo officially began today at midnight, but since I was still watching the Yankees beat the Phillies, I didn’t get started until 7 am this morning. I was up just before 7 am, showered, and came down to the new office, and sat in my new desk chair which I picked up yesterday from Target. After checking over a few notes I made, I got started on the novel. I wrote the "Introduction" (the novel is presented as a book that is written by one of the characters) and then started on the Prologue, which I managed to get about halfway through before stopping. All told, on day 1 I wrote 2,153 words, which is not only better than NaNoWriMo par of 1,667 words, but better than the goal I set for myself of 2,000 words/day.

It took me a few minutes to get started, but other than that, today was a pretty easy day. I imagine this was because I was eager to get started and had a good idea in my head of how things would open in the story. I didn’t struggle at any point, and when I finally stopped (just after 9 am) I was surprised to see I had written more than 2,000 words.

Tomorrow I’ll be writing between 5-7 am.  I plan on finishing up the Prologue and then started on Chapter 1.  Finishing the Prologue should go pretty smoothly, but I’m not yet sure where Chapter 1 will start (or take me).


Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.