NaNoWriMo Day One: The Race Begins

Happy Tuesday, Cyberspace!!! Today is a very important day in all the days of Writerdom, and if you’ve been following my blog (or any other writing blog for that matter), then you’ll know exactly what today is.


And if you still do not know what NaNoWriMo is, then let me give you the dictionary definition once again.


National Novel Writing Month


  1. a competition against oneself to write 50,000 words of a book in the 30 days of November.
  2. a competition in which writers from all over the world try not to go mentally insane whilst dowsing their problems with a problematic excess of candy and hot chocolate and slipping into a sugared coma just to keep writing.

(You should really try to remember it this time.)

Anyway! Today is the day that we’ve all been waiting for. It is the day when Halloween is over and the Christmas trees go up NaNoWriMo officially begins. My guess is that you’ve probably already written a couple hundred words by now. Maybe a thousand. (If you’ve already reached your goal then I am very jealous of you and you owe me some hot chocolate with whipped cream.)

But for those of you who may already be feeling the sting of writer’s block, my writerly advice today is for you.

First of all, write this story for you. Not for that person that can’t wait to read it once it’s done. Not for that person that thinks your the greatest writer since sliced cheese.

sliced cheese truly was a wonderful writer

Not for your family, not for your friends, not for the people who you want to impress. Don’t even write it to be published someday.

Write it for you. Only you. And write it because that is what you love.

To create. To inspire.

To write.

Your goal today is not to write 50,000 words. Today, your goal is to write 1,667 words, and then you do it again tomorrow. Do not focus on the end goal; focus on today.

Write. Put words to the page, and don’t get up until you physically cannot write another word. Today, do not focus on the blockage in your mind, but focus on the abundance of dreams in your heart. Let your heart tell this story today. Let yourself be swept from this world and transported into another. Today is a day of beginnings. Sense it. Feel it. Breath it all in.

And then write.

 The race has officially begun, everybody! How are you all doing so far? How many words have you written? Have you stumbled across any blocks? Tell me all your NaNo happenings in the comments below! (Special NaNo cookies help boost through writer’s block [it’s a scientifically proven method.])


15 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day One: The Race Begins

  1. I loved this post because I totally relate to every.single.thing. LOL
    I’ve already hit a wall in my story…I know where I’m going, but I don’t know how to get there which I know is an extremely common problem that EVERY SINGLE WRITING FACES…
    But that doesn’t make it less ugly or frustrating…
    I’m at about 16,600 words, and I added you as my buddy. If your interested in returning the favor that would be great. ;)
    So yeah, really loved this post, and I can’t wait to hear about your NaNo experiences! <3

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    • Holy cow!!! 16,600 words on the 1st day of NaNo??? You are an amazing bean, and you deserve a cookie. *hands cookie* There you go. As for writing blockages: Oh my word, I know how you feel. It’s awful, be we’ve just gotta push through all of it and get past. It truly is ugly, but It’ll look a lot less menacing once you’re on the other side!

      I would absolutely love to buddy you! And thank you so much! That means a lot to me! I’ll probably do a writing update thing-a-ma-jig, but who knows, haha! Good luck with your NaNo project! Here is a sword to cut down the monstrous dragon threatening your word-count. Now go break down some walls and barriers and keep up the amazing work!!!! :D

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  2. Ack!!! The craziness has begun, friend! I have aaaalllmost met my goal for today??? (I should really not be reading blogs right now, I should brwriting my last one hundred words… I AM A BAD GIRL.)

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      • Aw, thank you! Seems like everybody is handing out cake these days (what is UP with THAT????), and I’m not really a cake person??? So I will take cookies!!!

        I ended yo meeting my goal and going a little bit over, which was cool…. And now another day is UPON US!!!! *runs around like that chicken who has no head*

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        • Haha! I actually didn’t know people handed out stuff when I started handing out cookies, but I’m very glad that I’m somewhat different, hahaha! And yay for liking cookies! I suppose I could hand out ice cream, although that could get rather messy…
          OH MY WORD, YAY! That’s amazing! I’m so happy you met your goal! And yes, ’tis another day of NaNo… Am I the only one who didn’t want to get up this morning? No? Hahahelpmehahaha


  3. Oh my goodness, your post is literally like a refreshing breathe of fresh air right now!! I thought that I was the only one who suffered blockage on the first day! Literally, I woke up today with dread churning in my stomach, and the last thing that I wanted to do was write. I pressed through, though. *pat myself on the back* It is 11:oo my time, and I just finished my total of 1,675 a few minutes ago. *wipes forehead dramatically* I like your advice on writing for yourself and staying focused on just today’s goal!
    By the way, do you know how I could add you as a buddy on the NaNo website? I’m unfamiliar with how that whole thing works still…

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    • Oh yay!!! I’m so glad you liked this post! You have made me a very happy bean! I’m so happy you reached your daily goal, too! That is AMAZING! You deserve a cookie. *hands over cookie*
      As for the site, I think you’ve already added me! Yay! If I had gotten this sooner, I could have told you that there is a link to my NaNo in one of my pages… It’s either the Suggestion Desk, or the About Us. I think it’s About Us… (Oh my word, I know my site so well, bahahahahahahaha–*sobbing*)


  4. Can I have a chocolate chip cookie please? ;) I am off to a slow start but am satisfied so far which is why I am indulging in some social media via the NaNo forums… I am still learning how all that stuff works, but I know I can write, and write I will (even when my children demand attention, the dog needs attention, the house descends into further chaos, and the husband runs away to hide at work) Gotta love the drama of NaNoWriMo!!! :)

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    • A giant package of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies coming right up!!! *hands cookies*

      And don’t worry about getting a bit of a slow start! There’s still PLENTY of time to catch up! 27 days, to be exact. (I feel exhausted just thinking about it…)

      Ooh!! NaNo forums! Those are the BEST! Last year, when I did NaNo for the first time, I didn’t even sing up to the site. Big mistake. And yes!!! The chaos of NaNoWriMo is honestly what makes the month so fun!


  5. Yayy for NaNo! I REALLY LOVE IT. I love the feeling of writing when so many other people are too. :’) We can all suffer together. GOOD TIMES.🎉😜 I did hit a few roadblocks, mainly having some huge negative dramas come up in my life which kind of made it hard to focus, ugh, but then I got into the groove and it went much better!! Good luck to you and your project!

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    • Oh my word, the feeling of NaNo truly is amazing! (And the suffering…it is real…)
      And congratulations on winning NaNo, by the way! Three days! Ugh! I wish I could write that fast!
      And thank you! I’m loving my story so far, so I think all’s going pretty good!


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