NaNoWriMo ’17 Week #1 – All Over the New England States

Hey hey!

So, Week One of National Novel Writing Month is over. I can barely believe it, but it’s been the best ride and I can’t wait to tell y’all about it.

For starters, I started NaNoWriMo on the road from Portland, Maine to Bennington, Vermont, while on family vacation. We would have stayed longer, but Maine had to deal with the aftermath of a windstorm that shut off power for days, so we couldn’t stay where we originally intended.

But this diversion to Vermont was the very best for two reasons: one, there was the best writing spot just at the top of the stairs nestled right next to a bookshelf.

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Two, I had so much time to write. So much so that I was able to write at least 2,100 words a day (and 4,200 on Double Up Day on the 4th! But those 4,200 words were a doozy for sure).

 

After Vermont, we ventured into Boston, one of my favorite cities in the whole wide world. I adore this city; I have since I was in high school, and it’s become more and more familiar to me. And certain parts of it are my favorite.

It’s there that I got to do one of the coolest things EVER, and it was the highlight of my week…

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…I wrote part of my novel at the Boston Public Library.

I. LOVE. This. Building. I wrote 1,667 words in the reading room on the 7th (adding to the 1,000 I’d already written in the car from Bennington).

And here’s the part that I think is really cool (and, bear with me, I’m about to get a little deep). I am writing a retelling of The Little Mermaid. I won’t explain plot or even reveal the title yet (because I need to give y’all SOMETHING to look forward to, right? 😉), but I will say that the scene and chapter I wrote had to do with my mermaid protagonist getting her legs. In that moment, writing in a building so epic and historic that it’s almost more of a museum, I felt like I’d truly gotten my “author legs” writing in such an awesome space. It’s something I won’t forget.

Welp, that was Week 1! Stay tuned for next week’s update. Have an awesome day!

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