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Day 1 and the waiting is over.

I kicked off at midnight and wrote my first 882 words in a word war with some of my buddies, the Devon Wrimos, in the NanoDevon chat room – and then needed some sleep.

 

What’s a word war? Scroll down! What’s a buddy? Scroll down even further!

Now that NANO has officially started, a new feature has appeared to the right of my Inbox icon at the top of the NANO screen and I can enter/update my word count.

Updating the word count

As soon as I enter a number, my progress chart is updated. (Remember this is an honesty box moment; if you fib here, you are only fooling yourself.) The screen automatically changes to display my Stats tab on my Author Info page.

Progress graph

 

I still have another 785 words to write today to make my progress bar rise above the diagonal target line.

Scrivener also provides this information. Select Project / Show Project Targets.

Scrivener project targetsI am clearly ‘in the red’!

Why is my session target only showing 83? Because I had the wrong time settings on my computer and didn’t realize until I had written 799 words … All fixed now!

 

What’s a word war?

Whoever is hosting the chat session declares a start time. Until then, we ‘chat’ by typing messages to each other. It was great to catch up with buddies – to feel among friends – and meet some new Wrimos too.

At midnight, we started and wrote for 10 solid minutes until person-in-charge called STOP! We then announced our individual word counts and congratulated ourselves on notching up the first few thousand words for Devon, and for ourselves.

A word war is a war without bloodshed … time to focus on writing instead of chatting. It’s a great way of keeping in touch with other Wrimos during what could otherwise be an isolating writing challenge. It’s also a good place to ask questions. Everyone is very helpful.

Check out your region to see if your ML has organized a chatroom. If they haven’t, you could always tag on to the Devon group – we are a welcoming bunch …

 

How is my home region doing?Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 07.19.58

Between 158 registered Wrimos in Devon, as I write this, we have accumulated 20,342 words already. That’s an average of (only!) 128 per person. Many won’t have registered today’s performance yet so I’m sure the average word count will rise in the next 16 hours.

 

What’s a Wrimo buddy?

It’s possible to connect with other Wrimos by adding them to your Writing buddies list. I’ve had a cull this morning and un-buddied any buddies who haven’t registered for 2015. That leaves with 34 (so far!) … and I’m looking forward to seeing them sail past 50K in 30 days time. I’m not showing screen grabs of this process – for privacy reasons!

 

Palaces out of paragraphs

I spotted this phrase in a posting on NaNoWriMo’s Facebook page, and it struck a chord. Apparently, it comes from the musical Hamilton. You learn something new every day?

Enjoy your writing … and remember, no editing until NANO is over. You hear me?!

 

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4 Comments
  • Patsy

    November 4, 2015 at 22:11

    I’m behind already – but I’ve done some.

  • Anita McQuade

    November 1, 2015 at 15:14

    Hi Anne, aNANOWRIMist has kindly done a book cover for me but I don’t know how to transfer it to my profile as I’m pretty rubbish @ this techno caper. Can you help please?
    Many thanks Anita

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