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No More Jitters

Okay, so NaNoWriMo started yesterday. For anyone who doesn’t know, the goal of National Novel Writing Month is to bang out 50,000 words in 30 days. To accomplish that, a writer needs an output of roughly 1,667 words per day. Last year, I didn’t make that word count once. I hovered around four to five hundred words on average, topping out at about eight hundred on my best day. Yesterday, I put 1,805 words on the board. Needless to say, I am feeling pretty awesome about that.

My jitters have officially subsided. I know that was just day one, but I also know that if I can do it on one day then I can do it enough days to reach my goal. I am not writing a masterpiece and I’m okay with that. In fact, it is an extensive piece of fanfiction that will never see that light of day. Last year, Mercedes Lackey wrote one of the NaNo pep talks. In it, she talked about the benefits of writing fanfiction for the sake of developing your writing skills. It’s an idea that stuck with me obviously.

I hadn’t planned to do NaNo at all this year. My pride was still hurt from last year’s dismal showing. So, up until mid October I was still on the “No NaNo” train. Then I remembered what Mercedes wrote. My favorite show is currently on hiatus. So, instead of pining away for it or watching old episodes until it returns, I decided to do my own thing. I took my favorite character from the show and sent her off on an adventure that picks up where the show left off. Fun!

So, that’s where I am. NaNo is my only writing goal for this month. Right now things couldn’t be better. I’m off to get my words in for today. *waves goodbye*