NaNoWriMo Update: Day 16

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I’ve been steadily writing away for the past eleven days – on a different novel than I started with. See, this is what happened. Around November 5 or so, I had the sudden, strong urge to work on this young adult dystopian future novel that I’ve had outlined for ages, so I put my original NaNoWriMo novel aside and started on this one. It has been going rather quickly (I am actually ahead of schedule) and at this point, I’m at about 26,000 words.

One thing that drives me crazy about writing is I get ideas faster than I can write them. I am just overflowing with ideas, people. Any advice from seasoned writers?


4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 16

  1. I am almost always working on several things at once. But I’ve always had an ‘ideas box’ (or rather, a doc file these days), where any idea I get immediately gets written down on one page, and chucked in there. Most times I don’t have to write too much detail, cos it’s always in my head somewhere–I just need the page to retrieve that idea from my head. Good luck with NaNoWriMo–I’m still trying to catch up. Usually my average is 600 words/day, so this is a challenge. Some of my ideas at are least 10 years old, but eventually some do make a comeback.


    1. I have a sort of “ideas box” too (in the form of a document on my computer). I also have about ten different things started right now. 🙂 I really, really want to finish something decent though, so I can actually edit and maybe even publish it on Kindle.

      NaNoWriMo is tough! Good luck, I’m sure you can do it. Not gonna lie, one thing that’s motivating me is that winners get 50% off Scrivener. I may finally buy it once I’m finished, as I’ve heard good things about it.


  2. I haven’t really explored Scrivener and I didn’t realise that that was the ‘prize’; but it strikes me odd that if you can churn out a novel in a month without software, you probably don’t really need it! Kinda like offering a camera as a prize in a photography contest… yup I’ve seen that happen… I needed a camera that could offer publishable images for the contest (after the film/digital switch, I still haven’t got my new kit together)… just like the one they had for first prize!
    My novel is something I came up with recently; right now I’m still getting a little carried away with little details about Kremlin politics and such–but at this point I’m just more concerned about finishing a rough draft. However, with a timeline reaching from the 1990s to 2020… who knows what monster is in the making.


    1. I saw a quote by a very famous and successful author recently. She said something to the effect of you can’t edit a blank page, so you might as well write something, even if it’s a terrible first draft. That’s what I keep telling myself as I plug away at this novel. 🙂

      I see your point about Scrivener… but I’m hoping it’ll be something that makes me even MORE productive. 🙂 To go with the camera analogy, my camera is old but decent and I definitely wouldn’t refuse one if I won it in a contest. 😀


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