NANOWRIMO 2017 – The Beginning


(which technically started yesterday, but that’s okay)

I’ve particpated the past two years. 2015 went really well – hit 30k. 2016, not so much. I think I only wrote something 2 days of the month.

I’m hoping to do better this month with a brand new story!

But it might be a harder one for me than the last two stories I worked on. I’ve written a dystopian/zombie book and a fantasy. This year, I’m trying my hand at a contemporary – but not only will the genre be harder for me, the topic is too.

See, this year, I’m writing from a more personal place about a very close friend that I lost last year. This story may never be read by another person, but I think it’s important for me to get it out, even if it makes me cry all month. The biggest challenge for me is that I want it to do her justice. I want it to tell her story but in a piece of fiction that will hopefully help others – if anyone ever does get to read it.

Due to the more personal aspects of this story, I’m not going to be sharing too much information just yet. I might share snippets later on in the month, but I haven’t decided. Instead, with this NANOWRIMO post, here’s a quick look at the three goals I’ve set myself.

As you know, I have my own bookish merch business (which is launching something very fun soon!) so I’ll be very busy with that on top of just real life responsibilities. So, I’m creating reasonable goals for myself. These are:

  • Write either for 1 hour every day or hit 1,000 words per day. Which ever comes first.
  • Set aside 1 day per week for just writing. No focus on anything else. An entire (work) day completely dedicated to writing for 6-8 hours!
  • Take lots of breaks! Even 1 hour of writing can feel very long if I’ve hit some sort of writer’s block.

I think those are very simple goals. Let’s see if I can do this!

Here is a tiny look at some photos I found online that represent certain elements of this story:

Are you participating in NANOWRIOMO? If so, do you have any goals for yourself besides the 50k by the end?

Comments are the best! Let's chat!

20 thoughts on “NANOWRIMO 2017 – The Beginning

  1. Good luck girl! And sorry to hear about your friend 🙁 I won’t be participating officially, but I have a story that only needs 20-30K words left to finish, so I’m going to try realllly hard to make a dent in it this month. We’ll see… It’s hard to juggle blogging/working/reading/fitness AND writing! So usually fitness/blogging gets put on the back burner, which is hard for me to do! Anyway, I love your goals!

    1. OHHHH good luck. I guess I’m not participating officially either since I’m not doing any of the twitter chats and not even trying to aim for 50k lol .But GOOD LUCK TO US anyways 😀

  2. I’m not participating, but I always have this little thought in the back of my head that I’d like to try writing something, someday. It’s just coming up with an idea that’s the hard part. I think your goals are really reasonable, and your story sounds very personal. I hope it helps you. Good luck this month!

    1. It is hard to come up with an idea! My first novel was a zombie one, which is something I always wanted to write. I don’t even know where the second one came from but I gave up on it so maybe it wasn’t that good anyways haha

  3. I am also participating this year! I’m doing it a little different. I’m taking the very first novel I ever finished through NaNoWriMo, back in 2014, and rewriting it, getting it ready to maybe try submitting to publishers. So far so good, I got over 2000 words written yesterday, or should I say, rewritten. Good luck to you as well!

  4. I love the goals you’ve made for yourself. I think Im going to low-key start working on something this month– and I really like the idea of setting aside one full day. That is definitely less overwhelming than trying to hit a specific word count. Good luck with your story!! It sounds like it’ll be cathartic for you.

    1. Thanks! It is a lot easier to just set aside days than try to write EVERY day. I started today and hit 1k words. Which isn’t alot but it’s better than forcing myself to write every day

  5. Yayyyy!!! I hope NaNoWriMo is going well for you so far. I’m participating as well and it’s slightly up and down (sometimes I love my story and sometimes I hate it), but overall I think it’s going okay…. We’ll see though, it’s only day three…

    1. That’s awesome! Good luck with yours! I’ve started a bit late and I’m so far hating it haha. I’ll probably change a lot along the way. I’m not much of an outliner/planner so I usually do change things hahah

  6. Oh, I love the aesthetic for your novel, Molly! And I think it’s absolutely beautiful that you’re writing this story just to write — I hope you’re doing okay and won’t cry too much this month. 💕 Good luck with all your goals (one writing day a week sounds so cool yet so tough)!

  7. I’m sorry to hear about your friend. I hope your words provide comfort and love.

    Good luck to you, Molly!

    Your fellow NaNoWriMo participant.

  8. I didn’t realize you were a novel writer as well 🙂 Excited you’re joining NaNo this year, though I’m sorry for your loss. I hope you have good luck with your contemporary story. I wrote my first contemp-romance recently and I was surprised with how much I loved the different feel of it vs. fantasy. This year I’m using NaNo to finally flesh out the first chunk of the third in my Wylder Tales series. I just could not get around to it this year before now so I’m hoping to knock out that 50k at least! Happy writing!

    1. haha I try! I don’t write all the time, just occasionally >.< Also, thank you! It has been a bit weird to write a different genre. I don't think I've found the groove for it yet haha. Good luck with yours!

  9. I am so very sorry about the loss of your friend. But I do agree that it will be a really good and cathartic experience for you to put it all into words. I love that you have made reasonable goals for yourself, too! You are going to do amazing! I decided to skip NaNo this time, I just knew I didn’t have it in me- and I didn’t want to force myself just to say I did it (which I absolutely would have done haha). Good luck!!

    1. Thank you, Shannon <3 It's actually been a lot harder to write the story. I've only done about 1,000 words because every time I think I know where I Want it to go, I change my mind. So, hopefully I get somewhere with it. >.<