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50,000 words in 30 days

National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo. What the hell did I get myself into? month.

The goal I fully intend to complete by November 30 at exactly 11:59 p.m. is to have a completed first draft of Hello, Harbor. I am a shitty procrastinator that thrives on deadlines, so I am jumping on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon and giving myself a drop-dead date. The official goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November, but I will write as many words as it takes to tell the first part of Harbor’s story.

Yesterday was NaNoWriMo Day 1. I woke up early, sat in my dark living room and texted 500 words to myself while Roosevelt tried to get comfortable on my lap. I wrote about water. It’s been a struggle to put Harbor’s relationship with water into words. My friend and fellow NaNoWriMo participant gave me some great ideas as the work day was ending, so I let them sink in last night.

Today is Day 2. I planned for a lazy Saturday- sleeping in until 10 and NPR and Ike Box coffee but my plans were foiled. I woke up at 7 this morning. My body knew I needed to write. I started by gathering all of my iPhone notes, Google docs and scribbles on notebook paper that I’ve been collecting over the last few months. It’s all in one place now, getting organized and elaborated on.

As of 8:30 a.m. on Day 2, my word count is 2268. The NaNoWriMo website says that if I keep up at this pace, I’ll have 50,000 words by December 15th. Thanks for the vote of confidence, robot algorithm.

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