NaNoWriMo Day One Liveblog

Today marks the first day of NaNoWriMo – Nation Novel Writing Month wherein thousands of aspiring writers try to pound out 50,000 words in one month. That’s a lot of words. This is my fifth year of NaNo, and I figured I might as well start out with a liveblog, because those are always entertaining.

12:01 am – Totally asleep from sugar crash. Thanks, candy.

7:00 am-ish – Wake up because it’s too cold and someone (me) turned the heater off yesterday and forgot to turn it back on. Fix that and go back to sleep.

8:35 am – Decide it’s a good enough time to wake up.

8:45 am – Eat some poptarts and putter around on the internet.

9:00 am – Try to bargain with self – I get to go see Ally Condie tonight if I meet my daily goal. Despair at the thought of driving in the rain. Go on facebook.

9:15 am – Eat some leftover sugar cookies. Continue to internet

9:45 am – Think about starting to write. Realize I don’t have an outline this year. Consider writing on totally different plot bunny than originally intended. Minor mental breakdown. Go on tumblr instead.

10:30 am – Remember How I Met Your Mother was on last night. Watch. Love Neil Patrick Harris.

11:00 am – Decide to do this live post in the hopes that it will motivate me to get started.

11:06 am – Still can’t decide which plot to pursue. Decide that I really am an outliner and was dumb to try this seat of your pants thing.

General Emotional State:

I will continue to update throughout the day. If you want to offer encouragement, you can talk to me on twitter (username: mylaurel) or add me on the NaNo site to mock me with your own wordcount (also mylaurel).

11:55 am – Scrivener is open. Music is playing. Words are not happening.

12:33 pm – Finally start writing. 124 words

1:00 pm – 438 words. Slightly worried about meeting goal before needing to go to Salt Lake tonight. But at least I’m making progress. Will probably stop for lunch at the end of this scene.

1:30 pm – 1008 words! Halfway to my goal. Break for lunch and hit update.

General Emotional State:

Hungry hungry hungry.

2:01 pm – Back to work.

2:20 pm – Stuck stuck stuck. Finding myself easily distracted by the twitter machine. Wondering if I made the wrong decision on which plot to pursue. 1085 words.

3:01 pm – Yay! Somehow I reached my daily goal. Might try for a little bit more since this scene could keep going. But yay this means I can go to SLC tonight, which means I have some errands to run before then. 1677 words.

General Emotional State:

I’ll be back at the end of the day-ish with more.

5:00 pm – Make dinner and do stuff.

5:50 pm – Realize I need to leave to get to SLC in time.

6:00 pm – IT IS SNOWING. Have second thoughts. Almost turn around right then.

6:10 pm – Persevere. Finish filling my car up with gas and try to find my destination in my GPS. Fail. Get frustrated and go home to get the address.

6:20 pm – Find it. Realize I will get there late. Give up and decide to go see her at another signing IN my city and not 45 minutes away (assuming there’s no construction – HA) on the 12th.

6:33 pm – Put in The Office in an effort to keep me entertained while I plot out my outline.

6:36 pm – This plan is doomed to fail.

General Emotional State: