Y’all, this is so exciting!!! This will be my first time ever writing an update for NaNoWriMo. I’ve done it before for Camp NaNoWriMo, but it’s not quite the same.
Real NaNo is the real, big thing and it’s daunting but exciting (especially knowing loads of books written during NaNoWriMo have been published! namely the night circus, one of my all-time favorite books.
I don’t feel like introducing my NaNo book, so you can check out my post about it here. I don’t think I really changed anything since I wrote that post but I definitely do have my story more figured out.
I have a name for my book!! It’s probably only temporary but I held a poll on Twitter to see what name I should choose for this book so that I actually have something to call it by besides My NaNoWriMo book.
And so the book is called These Memories Shall Burn!
I wasn’t 100% sold on this title (even though I came up with it haha) because I thought that it might sound kind of like a fantasy book but it’s really grown on me. It goes with the story really well since my main character has PTSD.
I also figured out what caused my main character to have PTSD! I knew that I wanted it to have something to do with what happened to her as a child before getting put in an orphanage.
I’ll probably have to search for sensitivity readers so if you have PTSD or if you were an orphan and you’re interested in being a sensitivity reader once I’m done writing this, let me know and I’ll add you to the list!
Now to the stats (and then snippets!)
My current word count is 6,162. I think this is fairly good, but I really wish I would have been able to make it to 10k by the end of the first week. I mean, it hasn’t been a full week yet, so I do have time to reach that goal.
I pumped out around 4k words one day when my internet was out (best time to write a book oh my gosh – just go somewhere without internet). I got so engulfed in my book I didn’t want to stop writing, but I did lose inspiration and it was late.
This is the very beginning. As you can tell, this book is very emotional. When I wrote those 4k words that one day, I had to bring myself into a depressed state to write in this voice.
I really do hope that I finish this book, and that when I do it will give a voice to those that don’t have one in young adult books. This is always my goal when I write. If I can give a voice to even one marginalized person out there, my job will be accomplished.
My goal for the next week is to make it to 20k. I don’t want to pressure and stress myself over this goal, but it would be really amazing if I could make it.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your first week been?