Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day One : Early Results

I came home, changed into my pajamas, and made a snack of Ambrosia apple, Light Laughing Cow cheese (you know, the kind in individual foil wedges), and rice crackers. And water. And sat down at the computer.

My goal was to write my 1667 words before going to bed at 3:00 AM. That still gives me 8 hours of sleep before I have to get up (8.5 hours if I promise a quick shower). So I checked my email, because that was where I put the link to the software I'm trying for this year. Then the software didn't work with the browser I had open. So I went to the other browser, but it wasn't the right version so I had to update.

I considered checking in on Facebook while I waited for the update, which was supposed to be less than 4 minutes. I decided against it, because Facebook can be a time-sucker and I didn't want to get lost in the interesting and useful information and then all of the other stuff I roll my eyes at. So - okay, no Facebook.

By 2:30 AM the browser was updated and I could start typing. I logged off my email and closed out everything but Yarny and, voila, I started typing. With just the plot synopsis and the four main characters, I closed my eyes and put fingers to keyboard and typed. When I started to stall or thought "what? what is this? no!?!" I told myself to just keep going. Keep the good NaNoWriMo habits.

Like that grade school kids walking arm and arm down the hall - or was it middle school? - and saying "we don't stop for nothing"... That is the NaNoWriMo Way. Don't stop typing no matter what.

Doubts aside. Fears aside. Stupid thoughts about stupid plots and stupid characters and what's the use anyway? Out the window.

Type and type and don't stop.

And, yes. I made it. At 3:00 AM I have 1,775 words on my NaNoWriMo novel. Yes! I did it.

Now I must go to bed to get my sleep to go to work so I can - hopefully, if the plumber situation works out right - go to my first official Portland NaNoWriMo write-in with writing and healing buddy Deb tomorrow.

Yay. Goal met for my NaNoBeginning.