Ready, Set – Go!

So much for keeping up with writing down my experiences while going through the NaNoWriMo challenge. I was too focused on getting my story down to stop and do anything else. Now, I’ll have to settle for re-counting the events from hindsight.

As an incentive to hit the ground running, the chapter of Nanowrimo’s in my area sponsored a write-in at the airport food court. Ingenious really, it’s open all night, there are plug-ins, and it’s a public area. As long as no one was stupid enough to wear a Halloween costume that would cause problems for TSA, it was a perfect place.

On October 31st, I arrived a little after 11 pm and set myself up at a table, pulled out my well-laid plans and took a deep breath. There was time to do a little socializing and grab a snack from the potluck table (I contributed a crockpot full of meatballs) before I let the sizzle of nerves overtake me.

What am I doing here? Why do I think I have any ability to write at all, let alone with all this pressure? You know, the usual uplifting self-talk.

The countdown commenced just before midnight, and when the clock struck twelve, nothing but keyboard strokes could be heard clicking away throughout the mostly deserted corridors.

I was so excited that words flew out of my fingers at a rapid pace. 50,000 words divided by 30 days means an average of 1,667 words per day to stay on track. By the time the event was over at 4 am, I’d logged 4,786 words. Well worth the pancakes I devoured, with the other hardy souls that stayed through the night and headed to I-Hop for a celebration breakfast.

A good start indeed.