NaNoWriMo: Day 1

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Day 1

The goal is 2000 words a day.

Today I wrote six words.

That is not the goal set by the NaNoWriMo team. That word goal is 1,667. I chose 2000 because Stephen King in his book On Writing explained he writes at the minimum 2000 words a day, and won’t end the day without doing so. His reasoning for this is that by writing 2000 words a day, by the end of three months he’d have written about 180k words, which he believes is a goodish length for a novel. In this manner, he takes 3 months to write a first draft of a novel, and I declared I’d do the same thing.

But guess what I learned.

I’m not Stephen King.

I’m A. E. Costello and despite how energetic and motivated I was yesterday, today I fell flat on my face with no energy and no motivation.

But there’s tomorrow.

There’s tomorrow when my alarm goes off at 8am for me to do my devotions. 8:30am to feed my cat Aomine. 8:50am to get ready for my 9am walk. Then whenever all of that is finished, it’ll be time to sit down and crank out the words.

After all, no one can write Zak’s story but me.

I’ll write it.

Even if its six words at a time, it’ll get written.

Isn’t that how anything gets done?

How does one eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

Even with only 6 words down, this NaNoWriMo badge still counts.

Day 1 writing badge

I don’t see this as a defeat at all, but a reminder that I still struggle with discipline and procrastination. It means that I can see how much farther I have to go and lay out what I’m willing to do to accomplish my goal.

To become a successful novelist.

On this note I close.

Current Word Count: 6

As always, my cat Aomine keeps me company by my side.

Aomy 27 USED



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