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NaNoWriMo Diary – Day 1

Okay, so Day 1 of NaNoWriMo is finished, so here I am totalling my progress for the day.

How did it go?

I was up fairly early this morning, ready to write at about half eight. I had a driving lesson at eleven o’clock so I had to knock it out here before that. I’m happy to say that during the one and a half hours I spent writing (I stopped at ten to have a shower along with some breakfast), I wrote 700 words, which was a very good start.

Then I had my driving lesson which lasted two hours. It was my first lesson in a very long time, and aside from some faults (no, I didn’t crash if you wanted to know!) my instructor told me that I’d pass my practical very soon, so I had to get my theory test sorted out pronto. That means more time I have to dedicate away from writing, learning the highway code and practicing hazard perception.

But that could wait for a bit; I had another stint of writing to get on with. It didn’t go as well, however, since I only managed an extra 300 words in one and a half hours compared to the 700 I wrote earlier in the day. But it got me past the 1,000 word mark before I had to practice for my theory test.

Then I had a shift at work which lasted four hours, which started at half nine. Yeah, it’s short compared to all you regular workers out there, but what seems so short can seem so long, too. I had a twenty minute commute to work, where I had a stressful day moving from one task to the next. By the time I got home from work it was around nine in the evening, where Mum prepared a toad in the hole with beans for me (love you, Mum!)

As soon as I finished eating, I came back up my room and began writing again. Another short stint where I managed 202 words in about half an hour. I saved all of my work for the day and now I’m here, finishing the first diary entry throughout the month.

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The Verdict

1,202 words written today.

While it’s not the 2,000 words I expected to write, I’m satisfied since this is more than I would usually write in a day. It was important to minimise the distractions and eradicate others when possible, such as turning off the Wifi on my laptop just to stop me from going onto Facebook and even obsessing over my blog. You can never do everything at once. Instead, you have to take it one step at a time. Put everything you don’t need to bed and just get on with it.

This weekend, however, I have a social event that I cannot miss which means travelling to Swindon. Saturday will essentially be a write-off, but I come back at about five on the Sunday, so I may be able to claw back some lost time and words as long as I’m not too hungover. I’m gonna do my best to enjoy the event and blow off any steam I have with my novel so I can come back with a fresher mind.

How did all of you get on today? Did you do better than I did? What kinds of projects are you working on? Let me know in the comments section below! Be sure to click that follow button too!

Get a good rest and I’ll be back tomorrow night. Bye!

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