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NaNoWriMo Begins

Like a lot of other people, I started NaNoWriMo yesterday. I’m working on a short, hopefully-fun novel that isn’t currently under contract. If I crash and burn, I’m only out a month’s work. But I have high hopes, which should last for a few more days, at which point I traditionally get that sinking “what the heck am I doing this book sucks everything is darkness and despair” feeling. Ah, writing. Gotta love it.

But so far, so good. I’ve got two chapters done, and some fun bits coming in the next chapter. I’ve also noticed a few things about NaNo and myself.

  • I do better with a wordcount goal and some kind of accountability. Knowing I need to hit at least 1666 words a day, and that my updates will be publicly available on the NaNoWriMo website? That helps motivate me.
    • It might not motivate you, and that’s okay. Everyone’s writing process is different. If something helps, use it! If not, get rid of it and find something else. NaNo doesn’t work for everyone.
  • I still compare my progress to other people’s, and that’s bad. Having a lower wordcount than someone else doesn’t mean I’m losing. It doesn’t mean I suck as a writer. It means that person wrote more words than I did. So what? I need to focus on being happy with my own progress. If I like the words I’m producing, then I’m #Winning. Period.
  • Real Life is obnoxious. Even working from home, there are phone calls, vacuum repair salesmen (seriously!), grocery shopping, and other distractions. I know about some of these ahead of time. Nothing to do but plan the best I can, and roll with the hits when I can’t.
  • There’s no One Right Way to do NaNoWriMo. I’m doubtful I’ll make it to the regional gatherings, or that I’ll spend much time in the forums, and that’s okay. I’ve already got a support network of writers I can talk to if I need. (Although it might be fun to get out of the house…) Anyway, the point is, NaNo has grown an awful lot over the past decade and a half. There are a ton of tools and resources out there. Use what works, disregard the rest, and write on.
  • More fiction may mean less blogging. If I’m pushing myself harder to hit daily wordcount goals, I may have a harder time keeping up with the blog. But we’ll see.

I hope those of you who are participating are having fun, and those who aren’t … well, I hope you’re having fun too!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 2nd, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try something similar, but NaNo seems a little outside my comfort zone this year. But. Shall be writing.

Which, knowing some of my friends, will require smelling salts for some. ;)

BUT... mainly: good luck. Not that you'll need it. Enjoy, for certain values of "enjoy". lol

Edited at 2015-11-02 09:25 pm (UTC)
Nov. 2nd, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC)
If you're not enjoying it (at least some of the time), you're not doing it right ;-)
Nov. 2nd, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC)
Family man that you are, I shall endeavour to say nothing. (humming quietly to himself)

What? It's POSSIBLE for me to no go for the joke. :P
Nov. 2nd, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC)
My count is at 3,674 after 2 days (German timezone). Let's see if I can keep collecting those little green daily bars. :-)
Nov. 2nd, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
This is my bazillionith Nano, though I technically am not doing it, unless I want to claim that I am doing it freestyle or whatever the kids are calling it these days. I've 'won' once and sold that mess after tons of revisions but now am in a new genre, and just can't write as fast even though I have a terrific outline thanks to submitting to Hodderscape's open call (still waiting, woe). I also am already in a great groove of production, having discovered if I handwrite during my lunch hour every day, I can get about 700 words, and I type it up and add to it on weekends.

But still, I live in a great region (DFW, Texas) so am going to events here and there anyway, and my local kids I already know are doing it too - so it is just one big fun month of fun, which I love.

So yes, having fun!
Nov. 3rd, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
I've done Nanowrimo a lot, and while I was often jealous of friends who were ahead of me, I also found it motivating (which, yes, one person's motivation might be another person's demotivation) but for me it's not Proper Nanowrimo unless I've got like 5000 words of stuff to write on the 30th and win with two hours to spare.
Nov. 4th, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm having fun working on a microbead mosaic. (It turns out there are about 18 beads per inch. This probably would've been useful to know before I started.)

I don't think anybody else is participating in NaBeMoMo (National Bead Mosaic Month), though. ;)
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