The first three days of NaNo are finished and … well, they didn’t go as smoothly as I would have liked. My plan for the year was to do something like a reverse NaNo with higher than 1,667 word counts at the start of the month allowing for lower than 1,667 word counts later in the month. I figured I would aim for something like 2.5k the first few days. No big deal, I thought, I’ve done that plenty of times in the past.
Day 1 – Goal 2,500 (cumulative 2,500)
The first day went well. I had a clear picture of the hook in my mind. I could almost see it playing out like an old black and white movie when I closed my eyes. My fingers flew across the keyboard with hardly a pause. I quickly made my 2,500 words for the day. See, I thought, I can do this. Actual – 2,500
Day 2 – Goal 2,500 (5,000)
Day 2 is when the trouble started. It was a hard day personally and I just couldn’t get into writing. Then I forgot my keyboard upstairs for a while when I wasn’t in a position to go and grab it. All in all, it was a miserable writing day. I only wrote 238 words. I was behind for the first time in years. I was too tired at the end of the day to be worried, and even if I hadn’t been, I didn’t have the mental space to worry about a few words. Actual – 2,700
Day 3 – Goal Get Caught up! (5,000)
I woke up on Day 3, still behind. It was a Saturday so I figured I’d have lots of time to write and get caught up. No big deal. The day just disappeared on me. Errands and other issues made the day speed by. I wrote just over 1,300 words. I didn’t even make par for the day, let alone make progress on how behind I was. Actual – 4,050
Things this year aren’t looking great at this point. I’m not worried yet, but I really can’t remember the last time I was behind for more than one day!
How is your NaNoWriMo going? Are you where you wanted to be, or are you also struggling to catch up?