Row80 Check in – NaNoWriMo Begins!

““If you wait for things to be perfect,
you walk away with NOTHING.
Just jump in and get started.”
― Jennifer Ritchie Payette

A few of my favorite things. Photo by Morgan Dragonwillow

It has been an interesting week. I wrote a book review for StoryDam on Wednesday, Wrote my outline for NaNoWriMo on Thursday with the book, Take Off Your Pants! by Libbie Hawker, Friday I wrote a Foodie Friday post, and I wrote my last post for OctPoWriMo on Saturday.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up during NaNoWriMo but I’ve decided to start writing regularly for my blog again. I haven’t written much here this year until this past month. There were things that I used to write about that I feel I’d enjoy writing again. Get Moving Mondays with a song and a prompt, Wordless Wednesdays to show off my favorite photos from the previous week, and Foodie Fridays because I love all things food. As I said I don’t know if I can keep it up during November but I will try, most important will be my daily writing for NaNoWriMo to get that 50, 000 word count. But, the more I write, the more my writing muscles feel stronger and I seem to write even more.

My word count for the first day of November so far: 754 late last night until I was falling asleep at my Laptop. After I drop off my granddaughters and run a couple of errands I’m going to write some more. I’ll add the amended number later.

Rant: First thing this morning I get on Facebook and what do I see, a couple of people saying they have completed their 50000 already! Seriously, this is one of the reasons I get discouraged and end up not finishing. The rest of us are going to be struggling all month to reach 50000 if we are even able to reach it, seeing that someone did it in one day is just so darn frustrating! I wish they’d keep it to themselves. One day, Ugh! Rant over.

I am using my standing, sitting, dancing method for writing; it helps me keep things moving, both within my body and on the page. What helps you to keep the words flowing during NaNoWriMo?

May your words fly from your fingers!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Do you use Scrivener?

I hope you are doing well and I look forward to supporting you in your writing goals.



Visit the other Rowers and support their writing journey by leaving word love in their comments. Of course any words of encouragement are much appreciated here as well.




PageLines- picture20193.jpgMorgan Dragonwillow is a writing rebel, foodie, urban gardener, recovering perfectionist, poet & author that (mostly) doesn’t let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of #OctPoWriMo She lives in Marietta, Ga. with her loving and patient partner, their dog that thinks she’s a princess, and the cat that reminds her that she isn’t.

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6 thoughts on “Row80 Check in – NaNoWriMo Begins!

  1. Sounds like you are ready! And awesome to have already gotten words for the day. I am currently procrastinating.

    What is the sitting, standing, dancing method? I haven’t heard of that and it sounds interesting.

    Yes, I get a bit annoyed when people talk about such high wordcounts so soon. But mostly I worry for their health — that has to take an unbelievable toll on their bodies. But everyone has their own pace, and the idea is not to hurt yourself. I try to remember that. Because I will have a lower wordcount, I have to continually remind myself that it’s not about that.

    Foodie Friday! I tried doing that for awhile, because I work in foodservice and it’s fun, but I am so exhausted on Fridays that I couldn’t keep it up. Hopefully you can. I’d be curious to read those posts.

    • Hi Erin, The sitting, standing, dancing method is something I started doing because I don’t like to sit for long periods of time. I have written about it periodically on my blog. I have a rolling kitchen island that I use as a writing station and a stool. When I get antsy I stand up and I usually have some kind of music on so I can be bop as I’m typing.

      I am a firm believer that things get stuck in our bodies (physical, emotional, spiritual) from lack of movement and when we move we help move things out of our bodies that don’t belong or don’t need to be there any longer. When our bodies get stuck our words get stuck.

      Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

    • Hi Denise, The most words I’ve written in a day was 5375 and I had a writing hangover the next day (I wrote about it on a Row80 check in a couple of years ago) and I’ve not been able to repeat it but I’m hoping to break it during NaNoWriMo this month. I can’t imagine writing 10,000. though, I think my fingers would definitely need to be iced after that. Thanks for stopping by and sharing word love. =)

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