NaNoWriMo Day 1

Yesterday was Day 1 of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 50,000 of a novel in 30 days. I’m using it – yet again! – to write the prequel/sequel/companion to Waiting For Spring (aka Rick and Wendy’s book). That’s right…I chucked the last version. Again. This will mark the third time I’ve begun writing it. The good news is, I’ve got a handle on how to tell the story this time. Seriously. I’ll post more information about the novel as the month goes on.

So, how did day 1 go?

Words written:

  • 1713


  • Hubby made coffee
  • Hubby washed/dried laundry
  • Kids – who are doing the Young Writers NaNo – and I went to a write-in at the Camden library

    Challenges and distractions overcome:

  • Helped hubby put in a storm door.
  • 1 1/2 hour play/choir rehearsal
  • 3 hours of driving (to rehearsal and write in, then back home)

    Odd sources of inspiration

  • Sprinklers in the ceiling of library
  • Old lamp on table of library

    Today I have to get twice as much written to make up for what will no doubt be a zero word count day tomorrow. (Working graveyard tonight, voting in the morning, sleeping in the late morning/afternoon, play rehearsal in the evening.)


    About R.J. Keller

    R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

    2 responses to “NaNoWriMo Day 1

    • worldofhiglet

      That’s a great start for day 1! I love the idea of putting in the helps/distractions/inspirations – at the end of the month that will make for very interesting reflections.

      I managed 1007 (I liked the ‘007’ at the end since this new book is a thriller, though so far there is no sign of any special agents turning up. On the other hand, now I’ve thought of it….!)

      Hope you have a very productive day today and your new handle on the book continues to inspire.

    • robinaltman

      You go, Girl! I’m so impressed that your kids are NaNo’ing, too! That is uber cool.

      I, too, find sprinklers inspiring.

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