That’s how many words I got done on the first day of NaNoWriMo 2023. It’s ugly. I should probably burn the laptop so it can never be seen, but I did the thing. Well, kind of.
To hit the stated goal of 50,000 words, you need to average about 1,700 a day. So, I’ve already dug a hole on day one.
Furthermore, I’m unprepared. Or rather, I feel underprepared. I’ve got the vague notion of an idea that’s been around since I graduated from college and had some creative writing classes. It needs to be refreshed—a period piece set in the ’90s doesn’t seem right.
But beyond that? Nothing. Not even character names or outlines or whatever. Other people make this work, and they’ve been labeled “pantsers.”
I’m going to try not to get hung up on making everything perfect and simply focus on barfing out as many words as possible over the next thirty days.