NaNoWriMo Day 1: Early Awakening

So I set out to wake up at 5 this morning and begin writing for the first day of National Novel Writing Month and to accomplish my word count for the day in the little time before I whisked my daughter off to school and headed to the gym for my morning workout.  I had suspected that I might not be able to get up that early because I am in no way, shape, or form, a morning person.  I typically tend to set three different times for my alarm to go off in the morning because I make plans on hitting the snooze button.  In fact I have two other alarm clocks aside from the one with three different times set and those other two are also set at two different times.  See I try to get the maximum amount of sleep possible in the morning because I tend to go to bed so late.  

However, I am very proud to say that I did in fact not hit the snooze button this morning and I got out of my bed, headed straight for the computer (well there might have been a pit stop to the bathroom first) and pulled out my book with my outline and character sketches and notes and began writing.  Not only did I reach the 1,667 words that is estimated for each day of November, but I wrote 1,709 (not really that much more) words.  I wrote for about an hour and a half and then when I was finished I charted my time and then I was off to get my daughter ready and off to school.  I had a great, awesome, workout at the gym and have had a pretty good day so far (the day is still young).  

I think that my writing is sharper and flows better when I work in the morning and it makes my day start off well knowing that I have gotten in a good bit of work done first thing in the morning.  It’s quiet in the morning and my mind is very clear (although somewhat sleepy).  Now I don’t mean to make it sound like I am not going to try to get more words done today but I want to at least make sure that the amount I definitely need to reach is met.  I just hope that I can continue getting up at5amand that I can continue working smoothly to get this novel done, but done well.  

Well I guess I better save my words for tomorrow’s morning writing session and the next blog post.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll tell you a little bit about my character Mackenzie Brown and the murder mystery she’s getting herself all wrapped up in.  Until tomorrow…What are your characters up to lately?


Jimmetta Carpenter


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5 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day 1: Early Awakening”

  1. I am so glad your plan worked. Is anything inspiring you this year to hit your early morning goals? Another year of NaNo here as well and I have no outline. Things will be so slow for a while I fear. I think I might try to do mine as soon as I get as well, before my day with my littles starts. I am such a night owl though and often end up seeing 3am these days. It is quiet so late at night but I am not sure it helps. — Happy to follow!

    1. Hi Kimberly,

      What is inspiring me to write early is the fact that I truly believe that my writing flows better in the morning so in order for me to get through this year’s NaNoWriMo without dreading every moment is to get up early in the morning. You don’t always need an outline as long as you have a good idea for your story. Just don’t give up and keep at it. You’ll get there. If you need any motivation don’t hesitate to come here and contact me. We writers have to stick together.

    1. Hey Doug,

      Thanks for stopping by my blog. I thought that I was going to go towards the night time writing as well because I am more of a night owl and I hate waking up early but the funny thing is that my writing is better and flows better in the morning and it leaves me feeling satisfied for the rest of my day that I have accomplished something. I hope you continue to stay tuned to my journey and let me know about yours. And you just might find out what Mackenzie is up to in the next blog post.

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