Today was the first day of NaNoWriMo and I am glad to say I successfully managed to write 2025 words toward my novel Arsenic and Old Letters. Most of my word count came before 7:00 am this morning. Although I had been mentally preparing for this for weeks, writing and rewriting in my head, the first few words seem to be the hardest to put down on paper. Almost immediately my internal editor kicked in with her negative spiel, and no matter how much I tried to ignore her, she would not relent. By the time I had written everything I planned for my first chapter, I was still short of words and I could not think of anything new to add. Hoping to get a bit of a lead, I added details. Some enhanced the story and some was pure nonsense. Through the process, however, I started learning about my characters as they revealed themselves. No matter how well you plan your characters, they will surprise you if you let them.
I hope tomorrow goes a little smoother and I am able to get into a writing groove. If you are participating in NaNoWri, leave a comment and tell me how your first day went. I would love to hear from you.