Day One of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, as it is better known, started on November 1st, a Sunday. Sundays are easier to write on for some people. I refer to these people as, “people without kids,” but, excuses are for NaNoWriMo failures, and that is not how I’m going to roll this year.
Still, I feel it necessary to list another difficulty, just because that will make basking in my partial success feel all that much better.
You see, the Denver Broncos, of which I’m a big fan, are undefeated this year and coming off a bye week. That means I did not get to see the Broncos play last week. Add to that, they are were playing the Green Bay Packers, who were also undefeated. Top it off, with the terrible taste in my mouth of the Colorado Buffaloes losing yet another game that they should have won, and well… I NEEDED to watch Sunday Night Football.
Of course, that takes up a big block of time, especially because I do have kids, and a wife, and stuff I need to do on the weekends. Long story, made short, I wrote during halftime, and for a little while after that. Luckily, I’m not really a baseball guy, so I didn’t mind missing the end of the world series.
NaNoWriMo First Day Results
I’ve been kicking around this novel in my head for a while now, and I have a lot of the scenes already written in my head. However, I realized last night that if I used the scene I wanted to use as the first scene, that my novel would start out slow, and action-less, violating every rule about novels known to man, including but not limited to the entire premise of the book The First Five Pages.
What was cool was that a really great, action-packed (well… maybe, not packed) idea popped into my head and I wrote that. I like it, and my novel is already stronger after just one day.
As we head into Day 2, it’s still a little bit tricky because the kids are out of school here in Denver Public Schools for teachers conferences, I think, but we already had ours, so we’ll probably just go to Chuck e Cheese (by request) or something. Unfortunately, that isn’t all that conducive to writing either. But, I’ll find the time I need for another few thousand words somewhere today.
In the meantime, I’m going to plug an article about Credit Karma reviews, on my personal financial advice blog and hope that generates tons of ad revenue so I can retire, hire a nanny, and hire a maid, and then it would be so easy to find the time to write for NaNoWriMo, it wouldn’t even be funny.