Today makes a week since I started NaNoWriMo. Also known as writing my first novel. I have been writing every single day and I’m beside myself. On average, I’m writing 1,200 words, but the goal is 1,700 to finish on November 30th. So I’m going to have to bump it up a notch the next few days so that I’m close to my goal.
So far I have one good friend who’s been reading my book and she has said many times that it’s really good and she wants to read more. I also posted the first chapter preview on Instagram and one of my followers direct messaged me that they want to read more. Those two instances have given me the confidence boost that I needed on the days that I wasn’t sure what I was doing.
Trust me, there are some days that I don’t feel like writing and the feeling is like when you don’t want to go to the gym. But once I do, I feel so much better and happier. I get a sense of accomplishment and I can go to bed satisfied that I did something outside my comfort zone. After I write something, I’m amazed at the outcome. It’s like my writing muse takes over.
What’s the sense in talking about NaNoWriMo and not show you guys what I’m working on? Here’s an excerpt from my novel:
Evan was very handsome. He was dark skinned, very tall, dark hair and dark eyes. He had a really nice smile that would catch anyone’s attention. Though I admit when we first met, I wasn’t attracted to him at all. It was through getting to know him as a person that I gravitated towards him and that was that.
I remember the honeymoon stage. He was all I’d think about. One day in our school parking lot, I ran towards him, so giddy and jumped up right into his arms as he laughed and let out a big sigh. That was an incredible feeling. It’s interesting how when relationships end you reflect on the bad, the good times too, but mostly the bad. When things were good between us, I felt invincible. We were a team, that power couple that others aspired to be. I can’t pinpoint exactly where our relationship started falling apart, but it did, and it was inevitable.
I still haven’t chosen a title for my book yet because I have a few contenders and I rather wait until I’m done when I decide what to name it. Kinda like a baby, you name it after it’s born.
I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far. I will keep you guys posted.