My first writing session for NaNoWriMo 2012 is complete. In just under 2 hours, I wrote the first one-and-a-half scenes of my novella, and managed to get in a total of 2,152 words, nearly 500 words over my target.
Remember that I’m doing something slightly different than the norm. I’m writing a 25,000 word novella, but attempting to produce 2 drafts in 30 days (so in essence, the total is still 50,000 words). By the time NaNoWriMo is over, I’d like to have a draft good enough to send out to beta-readers.
I was relatively pleased with what I wrote. There is a certain voice I’m going after which isn’t quite there yet. Also, I feel like I did maybe a little too much info-dumping, but it is difficult to say since this story takes the form of a letter from a father to his son. In any case, I’m not too worried about it in this draft. I have a couple of days–November 16-18–to look at the structure of the whole thing before starting on the second draft.
So here are my official Day 1 stats:
And here I am, giving a thumbs-up after successful completion of my first day of work on the novella:
So, how did everyone else1 do on their first day?