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NaNoWriMo week 1 – I don’t have the faintest idea where I stand

NaNo 2015 Participant Badge (Large Square)And so the first week of NaNoWriMo has gone.

I’m quite happy with it actually, though I don’t have any idea where I am in terms of word count.

My original plan was to write the first draft of Give in to the Feeling before NaNo started and then revise during NaNo. Well, as it turned out, I didn’t make it. I actually wrote the last chapter this week, which is good for my word count… if only I knew what it is. Because see, I handwrote the first draft. That’s what I normally do with short stories. Handwriting helps me concentrate (don’t ask me why) and so I prefer to do so with shorter works.
I’m now in the process of typing the novelette, so I’ll soon know my actual word count. At the moment, as I’m typing, the only thing I know for sure is that I love the story, but the writing sucks. Revision will be more likely a rewrite, but hey, that’s normal, right?
And also, the story has evolved while I was writing it and I have to do lots of adjustments especially in the first couple chapters (there are 5 chapters altogether).

But let me tell you, I’m quite happy with it. I enjoyed writing it, a lot. Writing Susie, Blood, Michael and even Simon was such a blast, even when they gave me headache because their motives kept changing.

Give in to the Feeling mock up cover
Mock up cover

So, now I’ll type the whole thing up, then I’ll let it sleep at least one week. This means next week I’ll be otherwise busy. I’m thinking: The New Woman’s New Look. I have all the notes ready for that series, so I hope I’ll be able to write it completely. Let’s see. Looks like articles will be quite long, so I’m debating whether I should split them in half. I read recently that the new trend is having blog articles around 2000 words long.
Isn't that too long?
I don’t know. I’m going to write them first, then I’ll see. If you have an opinion about it, please share.

I'm a bit worry abotu my AtoZ posts, instead. I still have to take all notes. I have to find time to do that. Uhm... maybe on the train.

If you look at my NaNo profile, you’ll see a word count of over 5000 words. That’s bits and pieces I wrote on the side. Blurbs of the story, presentations, a new bio, a few reviews and the beginning of my blog post about the Cliffs of Moher.
It’s kind of tricky. When you write a novel, you always know where you are. Writing many different things and part of them by hand, it’s baffling.
But I’m enjoying it, and that’s the main part for me.

As a side note, I see all my buddies are doing very well, so give a cheer for them!

What about you? Are you doing NaNo?

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