NaNoWriMo Check-in | Week 1

Hey writers! How is NaNoWriMo going for you so far? We’re coming up on 7 days tomorrow, which should put us all at the 11K mark (!!!). Does anyone else feel like it’s going so fast?

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The first week was a mix of emotions for me. I was excited, tired, frustrated, doubting, etc. Now, I feel like I’m in the groove, and I’m not being so hard on myself. I’m inspired to write at strange times (I wrote 2,000 words at 1:30 a.m. last night) so I’m trying to work with what “feels” right. Still, I do try to give myself a few uninterrupted hours during the day.

Music is helping immensely. (Here’s my playlist.) I’ve also been making character moodboards while I’m at the gym (Pinterest is a good elliptical activity!) and having visualizations of who my characters are is also very useful.

When I’m stuck, I always go back to: what is the mood I’m trying to capture with this story? How can I evoke that atmosphere through what my characters are seeing and doing?

If you want to connect on NaNoWriMo, my username is AshleyWarrenResearch. Happy writing!

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