NaNoWriMo 2017 | Diary | Week 1

Every day is NaNoWriMo for me. I don’t stop writing because the event is over or not yet there. But as the National Novel Writing Month has started, I wanted to take you with me on my writing journey 🙂

Wednesday – 1st November 2017

My day started as usual: I woke up at 6.30 AM and did a bit of editing on my novel before leaving for work. I am currently working on the first part of it, which represents the eight first chapters.

To the readers who know me, you certainly remember that my husband (now I can say it!) is a musician. Music and writing are two different forms of art, but one is more immediate. Writing doesn’t have to be lonely, and even if I am revising my novel, rewrite some bits and work again to fix things, I want to know whether the work I’m doing is worth it or not. So I’m editing the first part for my husband to have a look, as my beta reader 🙂

However, I wasn’t feeling well during the day – nothing to worry about but I spent the afternoon at the hospital. I even slept 12 hours straight. I think my body needed it after all the stress it endured the last couple of months (job hunting, wedding preparations and moving house). Now that everything is settled, I think I’m opened to any virus coming along… As I’m going to France for a trip next week, I hope it won’t last too long.

Thursday – 2nd November 2017

I registered with a GP in the morning. At the reception, the ladies were making faces when I handed in my documents. You know when you’ve been in the UK for three years but haven’t registered with any GP yet? Yup, that face.

In term of writing, I didn’t do anything. I felt like 50% recovered from the day before. The only thing I did was to write my usual 1st Friday of the month’s newsletter (if you haven’t subscribed yet, please do 😉 ).

Friday – 3rd November 2017

I had an afternoon off at work, which I spent at Yumchaa with a friend I haven’t seen for a long time. Around the corner in the very same room, there was Game of Thrones’ actors John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Hannah Murray (Gillie) and Joe Dempsie (Gendry). That’s the first time ever that I meet celebrities outside of conferences and signatures. No pictures however, they are people just like us, enjoying their time with their friends. I’m sure they’re used to fans asking for selfies with them, but I don’t get the point. They have the right to privacy just like common people.

I’m wondering how it is for famous authors. Are they asked for selfies in the street? Or is it only asked of actors because their faces are everywhere?

Saturday – 4th November 2017

My husband gone for the afternoon, I spent the day writing and editing. Writing this blog post (haha) and continuing the editing phase on the first part of my WIP. I worked on chapters 2 and 3, which are almost ready for beta reading.

So here is a summary: I haven’t been writing lately, it’s more like a copyedit phase. But next week, as I am away in France, I’ll have time to work on the second part of my book.

How was your first NaNo week? How many words have you written?
Do not hesitate to tweet me @vdvestelle

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2017 | Diary | Week 1

  1. Enjoyed your update Estelle. It is comforting to know that you rested and are on the mend. I did register for the challenge but as I was on holiday I did not get much writing done. I did a lot of research and would love to still continue without putting too much pressure on myself. Looking forward to your updates. Take it easy 😊

    1. You go girl! So happy you’re participating this year, even if it is as a rebel (I’m one too :p ) Hope you’ll enjoy the challenge and that you’ll get work done. Keep me updated too 😉

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