NaNoWriMo Begins!

National Novel Writing Month has BEGUN! Which means that everyone’s diving head-first into their novels, scrambling to find their NaNo-prep, and banishing their inner editor to get 50,000 words done this month. To recap, I do intend to post weekly with updates, with the exception of this beginning post. I hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween yesterday, too, and although I usually stay up to midnight to write…I didn’t this year. Because apparently I’m an old lady, and I fell asleep.

As a reminder, you can follow me on Twitter (where I hope to do some sprints if people are interested) and the NaNoWriMo website where you can friend me/add me as a writing buddy.

I’m finishing up Day 1 of NaNoWriMo with the daily 1,667 words. Nothing more, nothing less (though I plan on REALLY adding some more numbers to that tomorrow.) Here’s the thing, though: Yesterday morning, after writing over 7k, I finished a redraft of the novel I’ve been working on since (roughly) the beginning of September. Reaching just over 75k, I’m so pleased with the way this draft has turned out. It’s so, so, SO much better than what I drafted late last year. Sort-of inspired by Norse mythology and my adoration for dragons/wyverns, it was INCREDIBLY fun to write, and my inner editor is already ticking away at elements I want to work on for the next round of revisions. I spent the rest of the day doing last minute prepping for NaNoWriMo, but it’s been a slooowww start as my brain is still stuck in the world of my last WIP.

“Creativity takes courage.”
—Henri Matisse

This isn’t my first time doing NaNo and hopefully won’t be the last…but I’m a little nervous. This year, I dedicated a lot of time to working the kinks from my WIPs. This meant heavily revising, tweaking, and sometimes even scrapping entire drafts and starting again, until they fit my vision. First drafts can be super-difficult that way: you KNOW it’s probably going to suck, but you have to keep going anyway. Like they say—you can’t edit a blank page. With the added pressure of the competition-feeling that NaNo brings with it… I’m not altogether surprised that, though the first day is down, I haven’t written as much as I know I can. It was fairly easy for me to finish off those last seven thousand-or-so words for my last WIP, so I can write quickly and smash out great numbers, but I know that this time around, it’s going to take me a little while to get back into that writing groove. Of letting myself suck, knowing I have time to fix it later.

You can fix anything but a blank page.”
—Nora Roberts

My novel this month will be an idea I’ve had since late last year, and I’m SO pleased I’ll be able to finally, finally write it. Loosely based in Celtic myths, it’s a high fantasy about Fae, sisterly-bonds, court politics, lightning, and griffins. (!!!) As usual, I have a growing playlist set up on my iTunes, and here’s the first track on the list, by the always-amazing Audiomachine. (And in case you’re wondering, I probably won’t share any excerpts from this WIP during the month, because it’s 100% going to be terrible. Hah.)

I fell in LOVE with this song the moment the ‘Worlds of Wonder’ album was released. Honestly, it reminds me so much of the book (especially the opening chapters.) I think I could listen to this song over and over again and never get tired of it. There are scenes from this book inspired by songs I’m aching to write, so I’ll share those inspirations as the month goes on, along with the weekly check-ins on how I’ve been doing.

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”
—Jack London

Good luck, NaNoWriMo-ers!

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this month, or are you working on something else? Let me know what you’re writing below! And what are your sources of inspiration to get you through the month? Let me know what your NaNoWriMo username is, and I’ll add you as a buddy!

Currently reading: AN INTRODUCTION TO CELTIC MYTHOLOGY by David Bellingham (Research!)

Currently listening to: “Look At What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift. (I’m unashamedly in love with this song… so damn catchy!)

9 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Begins!

  1. Iridescence says:

    I tried NaNoWriMo last year but I gave up after 13k as I was getting super slumped with college work and tests. Same things this year. I have three series of tests coming up with only a few days of gap between them, finals next month and I’m FREAKING OUT. I really need to get to studying but I have a tendency to get inspiration to blog when I’m supposed to study which is super inconvenient?? Other times my brain stays blank but the second exams are around the corner it whirrs to life wanting to blog. Smh.


    • karaterzis says:

      OMG, I know what you mean. I get the BEST ideas/the urge to write at the exact times I know I don’t have the time to…which is dreadful. I honestly just don’t think I could even contemplate writing while studying—I struggled enough in high school with that, let alone college. Good luck with all your work/tests!!


  2. Rebeccah @ The Pixie Chronicles says:

    Yay! NaNoWriMo is here!! Congrats on all of your goals reached so far, that sounds exhausting! But I wish you the best of luck in making this month’s word count 🙂 I’m still freaking out a little since it’s been years since I’ve actually won, and while I don’t think I’ll win this year, it would be a nice surprise.


  3. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    Yay congrats on your starting of NaNo!! And I totally hear you about redrafting and then going straight to 1st drafting. It’s…terrifying haha. 😭😂 I just finished my edits tonight and so gearing up to do NaNo next weekend but holyyyy heck it’s hard to switch gears!! So good luck to both of us hahah.😂 (And omg I’m in love with that song!!)


    • karaterzis says:

      AHH, Cait, congrats on finishing edits! AND YES. So difficult, honestly. My last WIP was written in third person, and this one in first…so I just KNOW that when I edit this book it’ll be filled with accidental POV shifts where there shouldn’t be. 😭 😭 And honestly that whole album is incredible. ❤ ❤


  4. Camilla @ Reader in the Attic says:

    I’m taking part to NaNo too, with a second fantasy novel of a series ☺️ So far I should have wrote around 6k. I’m also working on the edit of the first novel and there I’m around 12k. Btw, I love Audiomachine! Have you ever tried Two Steps from Hell?


    • karaterzis says:

      Good luck with NaNo (and edits!!) It’s so wonderful to see so many people participating this year. And YES, I absolutely love Two Steps From Hell. They’re beyond amazing! Have you heard their most recent album? It’s actually incredible. ❤ ❤ If you like Two Steps from Hell & Audiomachine, I also hiiiighlyy recommend Really Slow Motion. ❤

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