My NaNoWriMo Experience | Week # 1 ðŸ’»

 💻 Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful day enjoying all your reading & having a wonderful writing process (if you write, of course) ❤️ Today I’m super excited because I’ve come with the first part of a series of posts that I’ll be starting and will last throughout November, where my plan is to share with you all my experience participating for the first time in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), both my good moments and my not so good ones, my writing process, what kind of project I’m working on and simply put all my feelings here to be able to chat a little with you about how I’m feeling and how my progress is going. 😊 

I think that sharing my creative process could be something super positive for me, one of my main goals is to be able to learn while also beginning to know myself more deeply as a writer.
With these posts, I hope we can not only talk about my own process, but I’m dying to know everything you can reveal about your own projects, so don’t hesitate to tell me everything about how you’re doing and leave any link to your own writing posts so we can all check them out. We’re going to support each other, that’s the most important thing. 👏🏻
I also want you to know that
I’m absolutely open to any type of criticism and above all advice, if it’s with love and respect, everything is welcome, I’m here to grow and learn, so it would be very useful to have all the information & opinions I can. 😍

These Sunday posts will be super informal, in fact, I don’t have any kind of structure designed for them, I like to structure my posts, but this time I’ll go with the flow and with what feels good every week, the important thing is that you’re here to support me and you know that I will always be here to support you. 🥰
I hope you enjoy this mini-series, that it’s something that can serve you in some way too, and that’s it,
I LOVE you, thank you for always being there for me & without further ado, LET’S START! 💻 

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I think the best way to start is to tell you a little about what my project is about, so here we go, I’ve never explained it to anyone but my boyfriend, that for obvious reasons must put up with me all day talking about it lol.
I named my project Wisteria Project because it’s the name of the island where my story takes place, even so, this doesn’t mean that if this ever becomes a book it will be named like that, probably not. The name of the Island came to me one day when I was looking for some ideas for the novel, ideas that I never use, but I adored the name so I kept it. If you search on Google, you’ll see that it is a type of Japanese flower, but that has nothing to do with my story.

So, my book is about an 18-year-old girl named Effie Marten who decides to travel against her father’s wishes to Wisteria Island from Argentina, where she has been raised all her life, in order to learn more about her mother who died when she was just a baby.
Effie is not only following a great desire to connect with the Scottish part of her family, but she’s also doing it to try to understand why her father has kept her in the shadows over her mother all her life.
Once on the island, she’s in awe of the beauty of the place but disturbed by its legends & myths which say that the place served centuries ago as the refuge of two powerful witches hunted to be tried and executed.
Although Effie doesn’t believe in all these things and although it’s difficult for her to understand the strange behaviors of the people and the founding families, she won’t let anything interrupt her mission there, but once her visit in Wisteria extends she’ll be besieged by strange nightmares and auditory hallucinations that begin to drag her into the heart of the island and the immensity of the forests that surround the town.

So that would be my main idea, let me know what you think, I would love to know! I think I want it to be within the genre of mystery, but at the same time, I want it to have a magical, paranormal and creepy touch. If I had to compare my project in a combination I would say something like the works of Rory Powers & Shea Ernshaw combined with touches of Bly Manor, that would be what I’m aiming at, of course, it’s not like I’m putting myself at the level of those wonderful works, but they’re a great inspiration for me. I still have a lot to develop, but I’ve had the same plot idea for at least a year and recently the idea of developing it more seriously grew in me, I think especially because in October I’ve been reading books very similar to my project idea and also watching horror movies and series that inspired me a lot to create the atmosphere that I want to give to my book and also above all, I’ve found nice pacing in the progress that I want my plot to have.

I think I’m doing quite well in my writing process, especially in terms of word numbers, when I’m writing this is a day before you see it so I probably now have more written words, but at the moment as you can see in the image, I’m going a little over 11k words which is incredible to me!
I think the process of sitting down to write was almost therapeutic in a way, I found myself writing a lot more than I thought I would and I hope this writing pace continues to be just as good for the rest of the weeks.
Personally, I’m going for the challenge of 50k words, but I’m taking it easy, as it’s the first time I participate if I don’t achieve it I will not be very hard on myself, the idea is to put my idea in words at last and that’s already a GREAT achievement in itself.

I realized that I’m learning a lot about myself and I like that, because now that I know more about my weaknesses I’ll be able to practice and learn more until I do better.
I think that learning is a great thing about participating in NaNo for me, and it’s also a way of telling myself “I knew you could do it!”
The simple fact of writing every day and also combining that with checking how other people are doing, has been super inspiring for me, I love hearing about other projects and seeing how they’ll go, makes me feel very proud for all of us and the work we’re doing

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I’ve learned a lot during this week by observing what I write, and I’ve realized that I’m atrocious with descriptions of places, I don’t know why, I don’t feel that I can adequately develop a scene so that it ends feeling completely atmospheric, maybe I’ll have to look more synonyms of words or something like that, but I know it’s something I should practice more. For now, I continue writing if I feel like creating another scene, and I know that later I’ll return to correct that and give more clarity and words to each previous scene that requires it.
I know I’m not writing to make it perfect, I have it very clear and it makes me feel much more relaxed. But I think it’s important to identify in which areas I need to work more.
I’m quite pleased with my character creation
, at least in my head it sounds great lol. I’ve chosen to tell this story in first person because I believe that it’s the most appropriate way to tell it since I want the reader to put themselves in Effie’s shoes and discover the truth along with her. It’s a challenge at times, but I think I feel pretty comfortable with the perspective I’ve taken.

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I’m planning on doing maybe an aesthetic for my project next time, so let me know if it’s something you’d like to see. ❤️

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 I hope you’re having a great weekend and have an even better week! 😊
 🌿 Now it’s your turn to share with me,
Are you taking part in the NaNoWriMo? What project do you work on? & tell me, How are you doing? I want to know everything, I can’t wait to chat with you in the comments.


40 thoughts on “My NaNoWriMo Experience | Week # 1 ðŸ’»

  1. Your book sounds phenomenal 😻 I can’t wait to read it someday 😁😁
    I’m participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year too, my major goal it to get back into creative writing, I haven’t written in years 😭 my goal for this year is to write the first act of my story 😁
    Tbh I wanna write fantasy but since I haven’t written in years I am writing a genre I’ve written in before, contemporary
    I’m taking a well loved, wattpad trope and adding my flare to it 😊

    I hope you have a great NaNoWriMo 💕 and happy writing ✍️

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  2. I love this update, series you’ve started! ☺️
    I think your story sounds fascinating. The first thing I thought of when I read the description was reading about the place, Wisteria Island sounds so cool and I’d love to know more about the place and I can just see the lush descriptions you’ll create! 💞
    You’re off to a really good start, I look forward to cheering you on every week! ❤️

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    • Awww, my love!!!! 😍 It makes me so happy that you like the idea, I was a little nervous to tell it 🥺 & even happier that you like the name Wisteria, my boyfriend loves it too and that always makes me happy, I’m working hard on my descriptions to give it the most vivid image possible to the place. 😊✨👏🏻
      Thanks beautiful!!! I hope you’re having a wonderful month ❤️

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  3. Your story sounds amazing!!! I’m participating in NaNoWriMo too, and even though I haven’t written much so far I’m just glad I’ve been able to get back into the habit of writing everyday. Best of luck on your NaNo project, and I hope you have a lovely week!❤️

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    • Thank you SO much, lovely, it makes me more than happy that you like the idea of ​​my project! 🥺✨
      That’s amazing!! definitely the most important thing is to finally put our ideas into words, grow, form writing habits and learn a lot.👏🏻
      I know you’ll do incredible!! Thanks, have an amazing week too ❤️

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  4. I like the sound of your project! Mystery with a creepy vibe is so much fun! I also write, though I’m not taking part in NaNoWriMo this year; but I do always enjoy following along with other writers. It sounds like you’re off to a great start and have put a lot of thought into the story and your process. I hope you have a good few weeks of progress and success ahead, and I’ll be looking forward to your updates! Happy writing 🙂

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    • Thank you SO much, you’re very kind!!! ❤️ I’m so glad you like the idea, I’m working on trying to make all the components work together, but the most important thing is to enjoy the process. 😊✨👏🏻
      I hope you have a wonderful week🥰

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    • Oh, don’t worry about it, I think the fact that you’re taking the time to participate having a toddler is amazing, you’re my hero. ❤️ And remember that the important thing is to enjoy the process. 😊
      It makes me happy that you like my idea, we’ll see how it progresses 🥺✨

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  5. so, as i just started out on wordpress, and had a lot going on with school and everything, i didn’t want to do nanowrimo, plus the 50k words kinda scared me a bit!! im super proud of you for reaching 11k words already!! whattt?!! your novel sounds super interesting, and i cant wait to read it once your done (if you’re willing to share it with me)

    the synopsis genuinely sounds super interesting, and wishing you an awesome rest of nanowrimo, and hopefully things go as smoothly as they are right now ❤❤ i love this type of post, and it was so fun to see where you were. it was also formatted so super well, and i absolutely loved it (:

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    • You’re so sweet!!!! I’m very happy that you like my idea, it needs a lot of work but for now I only write and write, and then I will take care of correcting and editing it. 😊✨👏🏻
      It makes me happy that you like these posts, I really had nothing in mind just to chat a little about my process, so we’ll see what happens next week, I’m excited to continue with the series & Thank you SO SO much for your words ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  6. Your storyline sounds amazing! I too had thought of doing NaNoWriMo, but I am not that kind of writer. Inspiration strikes me for an instant, and that is the only time I can write something. Plus, I don’t have what it takes to write a novel! Short stories suit me better 😊

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  7. Your novel sounds really interesting. You definitely have a way with summaries! I’m working on my own project as well. A fantasy novel for me. I am also ar around 11000 words. I was ahead for a bit, but then things came up and i haven’t had much time to write. I’ve done nanowrimo a couple times. I’ve found if you write everyday its easier to stay on track. I wish you the best luck!

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  8. Your idea sounds really intriguing! And well done for writing so much already!

    I’ve felt like the area I could improve in the past has been my characters, and the book I’m working on now is really character-driven (whereas previous books I’ve written have been plot-driven), so it’s pushed me to work harder on that. I’ve ended up really loving all my characters for this one!

    I’ve taken part in NaNo and Camp NaNo in the past but I’m not participating this time. I started my current WIP, which is a King Arthur retelling, for Camp NaNo in July this year, and I achieved my goal of 18,000 words then which I was really happy with. And I’ve kept up the momentum with writing it since then. I just hit 62k and I’m anticipating there being about 10-14k left to go so I’m getting near the end now which is exciting! I’m hoping to finish it mid-December.

    Good luck with the rest of NaNo!

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    • Thank you SO much, you’re super kind!! It makes me happy that you like my idea.✨ OMG, it makes me so happy that you’re working on your characters and you’re proud of them, that’s a wonderful feeling.
      Your WIP sounds amazing!!! I really hope you can finish it by December as planned, I can see that you’re doing very well with your progress, so YAY! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  9. […] A Book. A Thought. || Sofii!!!! AHHHHH! She’s such a sweetie! This year has been VERY rough for me health wise, so I disappeared for a couple of months this year. When I decided to come back, I honestly wasn’t expecting a lot of people to still be around. But I was very much proven wrong. And someone that REALLY made me feel so welcomed to be back was Sofii. She LITERALLY makes you feel like you are the best person on the entire planet, full of love and care. She truly has a heard of gold. […]

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  10. Your WIP sounds amazing! I would totally read this book – the synopsis is intriguing and as a lover of atmospheric books, this sounds spot on!
    I know you’ll do well. As far as I know, finding and admitting your strengths and weaknesses is one of the more difficult parts of writing ( apart from actually writing ) and it’s awesome that you’ve done it!
    Looking forward to the aesthetic 🙂
    Emma xx

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    • OMG that makes me happy, thank you so much. 🥺✨ I’m glad you like the idea, it’s still a lot of work and construction to do, but I’m happy with the main idea. 😊
      Oh, absolutely, I think it’s key to work down to the smallest details to bring the story to life. 😄
      Thank you very much, again for your message and support. ❤️❤️❤️

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  11. Your concept sounds really amazing! Good luck with NaNo~ ! My biggest take away from doing NaNo for years is 1) the community and 2) don’t be too hard on yourself, just let your creativity flow in whatever way it wants (editing comes later haha).

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  12. I love the plot already!! That sounds so wonderful and I hope you’re able to finish it! And I relate so much, I am awful at ending scenes. I do well going into them, and then getting to the climax of each situation, and then I don’t know what to do with the end of each scene lol. It’s awful. Usually, I just give up and move on and hope that Future Me can deal with the mess I left behind 😂🤦🏾‍♀️

    Good luck and I can’t wait to see the aesthetic board!! 💕

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  13. Congrats on 11k – that’s huge for week one! ❤ Your project sounds like fun – soul searching and witchy stories are right up my alley. Good luck the rest of the month – I'm sure you'll win with flying colors!


  14. Sofii, your novel sounds so wonderful, intriguing, mysterious, so MANY things! I’m very happy for you and wish you the best of luck! Seeing all your progress is so inspiring as I’ve honestly written nothing all month for Nanowrimo so far (just planning). Reading about your process also helped me think more about my writing too! But, if you ever want to talk about your writing please let me know, I’m looking to talk to a fellow blogger friend about writing and story ideas too! Happy Nanowrimo and wishing you all the best for your story!! 😍💕😭✨


  15. Omg your WIP sounds absolutely amazing Sofii!! I wish you all the luck and I hope that Nano goes well for you. I wanted to participate but it just didn’t work out, though I have had a creative project that I’ve had to work on for uni so kinda haha. Sending love and luck!!!!


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