3DNC – End of Day One

Well, it’s the end of day one and I’m still alive!

How? I’m not exactly sure. Lots of breaks (too many breaks) and junk food would be my guess. I’ve reached the point in the story that I wanted to get to by the end of today (plus some) so, overall I am satisfied.

I found the real key to surviving this contest, especially day one, is to ignore the word count! Especially ignore everyone else’s word counts! The organizers of the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest encourage participants to stay away from social media and I can understand why. It’s easy to get lost in other people’s progress: Some people are in the tens of thousands of words already! That’s pretty intimidating. However, I am enjoying the social aspect of the contest now that I’ve learned to stop stressing about how many words I’ve got down.

But for posterity, here are my stats:

  • 6,274 words
  • 5 chapters
  • 16 pages (1.5 spacing)

I would have said that I needed to get to 10,000 words a day to really be “in” the contest, but this is easily the most I’ve ever written in one day, ever! So, I have to be happy with that. And I am. I’m hoping to learn from today: take maybe more breaks, but shorter; not eat so much junk food; and drink more water.

How about all the rest of you 3-day novelists?

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