Writing – Day One

It’s strange to be writing non-fiction for Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m so used to writing fiction, that idea that every word counts. It gets you closer to your goal, to a finished first draft. And you’re just hammering away, putting those words down. They may not be good words, but they’re words, and they count.

With non-fiction, at least with the non-fiction I’m writing, How to Help Your Child with Fifth Grade Mathematics, there is a lot of text provided for me already: the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

This morning, I worked on the introduction to my book. It seemed a logical place to start. According to Scrivener, my introduction is now a total of 1,792 words. However, I also just counted words that I wrote, that aren’t just copied from the Common Core State Standards. Those words total 609. Which is not too bad, well above the 333 words I need to write daily to reach my goal of 10,000 by the end of April.

I may have estimated a bit on the low side, at 10,000, but I’m going to stick with that goal.


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