We did it, Wrimos! We made it through the first week of NaNoWriMo. They (as in the omniscient, worldly experts) say that it only takes 30 days to build a habit. Well, if that’s the case, we are seven days to habitizing (I’m coining that right now) writing, or more broadly, making creativity a priority in our lives.
I hope this past week has been productive and successful for everyone. But if not, don’t get discouraged. There’s still plenty of time to reach the NaNoWriMo word count. Or, for those of us playing the long game, there’s plenty of time to begin setting and achieving our individual writing goals — right now.
Here’s my Day 7 / Week 1 Recap:
Today’s Word Count: 2,171
Week One Word Count: 18,129
Estimated Writing Time: 2 hours
Feeling: Incredibly satisfied.
Motivation: Knowing that I am essentially 1/4 of the way through NaNoWriMo.
Inspiration: Returning to the coffee shop of my late-night university study sessions for a write-in with my college roommate/close friend.
Biggest Triumph: Learning that I can write in public. Before, whenever I’ve tried to write in a public space, I felt very self-conscious and like I was being watched. However, with my more business-like mentality and the protective “the first draft can be shitty” bubble of NaNoWriMo, I have been able to filter out the distractions of the cafe and do my work.
Biggest Setback: I had a doctor’s appointment this morning, so I was behind at work today and did not get to write until afterward. Luckily, the added pressure of the time crunch helped propel me forward and forced me to really focus.
Helpful Insights: Mix up your writing environment. Even if you are incredibly comfortable in your everyday writing habitat, changing up your surroundings is a great way to gather inspiration, evoke a different mood, and/or make your project feel fresh again. If you normally write in coffee shops, try curling up in bed (your wallet will thank you, at least). Or, if you normally coop yourself up in your room, head to the library to surround yourself with great literature. Add other writers if you are feeling especially brave (and know they won’t distract you too much). You never know, you may just find yourself surprised at your productivity and feeling refreshed. I know I do!
If you’re needing a motivation boost to get through the next three weeks, check out my post about cultivating your NaNoWriMo motivation here.