NaNoWriMo is upon us! And during this month, each day I am going to write a blog post about the progress I have achieved that day. But I will also share things that I have found to help.

Before I get into all the fun achievement stuff of day one, I want to share some things with you guys. These things are what I am doing differently this year for NaNoWriMo (and life in general). I haven’t updated about life recently, but I will save that for a different post. This is going to be all about writing and NaNoWriMo. (Be on the lookout for some updates about that soon!)

Anyway, back to what I am doing differently and other fun facts. (Well, I can always hope for some fun with all of this! Writing is fun!) Alright, to start off with, my mindset is very different this year. Instead of ‘hoping to write’, I am determined to write. This is my 30th year of life and I feel like I have very little to show for it (maybe I have more but I feel like I don’t have much to show for it.)

I am using this month as a habit-building month. I am going to get my butt in the chair and write for two hours a day. But I am a mother and a work from the home woman, so I know that I can’t always sit for two hours in a row. So I aim to split it up into two 1-hour sessions during the day. There are two big reasons for that: one, by splitting it up, I am to see what time if day works better for my writing and my output; two, because my schedule doesn’t always allow for two solid hours (kids, husband, housework, work in general, family matters,) that splitting it up will give me a small bite of a big serving. Taking smaller steps toward your goal is still progress and much more achievable.

Which leads me to my third change for this year, I am putting writing on the schedule. This means that I block out time each day to write – as if it was an appointment or work. It’s important to me so I am putting in on the calendar and making sure I have time and that it gets done.

One last thing that I am doing different this year is keeping track of my word count, when I write, where I write, and any other factors to my writing. NaNoWriMo is all about word counts and getting the words to flow. I am looking for patterns and taking in all the data so I can find the best writing formula for me.

Day One Results:

Alright, the part that we all have been waiting for, the results of day one.

Word Count Goal: 1667

Actually Word Count: 1951

Difference: 284 extra words

One major thing I did today for my writing is use something called the pomodoro technique. That boils down to 25-minute session of work, 5-minute break, 25-minute session of work then 5-minute break (or some places list the second break as 10 minutes). Today I did three 25-minute sessions of work and a 5-minute break, and a ten minute break.

So it looked like this:

First session: 25-minute writing – 5-Minute break

Second session: 25-minute writing – 10-minute break

Third session: 25-minute writing session – called it a day

The one thing I didn’t do was keep track of my word count for each 25-minute work session. So my goal tomorrow is to write 1667 words and to keep track of my word count for each writing session. Also, I am trying to write first thing in the morning. Well, the closest thing to first thing in the morning due to getting children ready and bringing children to school.

Before I call it a post, let me share with you my NaNoWriMo project page with you.
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Please feel free to add me as a friend on NaNoWriMo. I would love to have a few more writing buddies on here!

Until next time… (Which will be tomorrow)

-Steph

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