Saturday, 1 November 2008

And so it begins

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo. Last night I was waiting for midnight with a blank page in front of me, ready to type my opening line. An hour and a couple of thousand words later, I went to bed feeling pleased and also wondering what I had let myself in for. This morning I woke up with an idea about how to change the narration of my "novel" (novella? novelette? screed?) and now I am taking a break having reached six thousand words, more than I had imagined. No aching wrists, sore eyes etc. - I guess because I am used to writing, just not in these quantities on one thing. 

It's a strange idea, and it remains to be seen whether it really works for me or not. At the moment I am very optimistic, which is a good thing seeing as I have another 44K and 29 and a bit days to go with this odd challenge. There's a good atmosphere online in the comprehensive but slow-loading forums; I am not sure what genre I will turn out to be writing in, but small matters like that can wait.