November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word book in 30 days.
30 days and nights of literary abandon.
The date is rapidly approaching. Are you preparing or are you panicking?
I have been planning. A story idea that I have been mulling over in my mind for some time now is the project that I’m going to tackle. I’ve been itching to get started on this one. While the muse is jumping up and down over in the corner to get my attention with this story, I have been trying to discipline myself to focus on ONE thing while working out some things towards this story.
Does anyone fully grasp the difficulty of that? ME? focus on just one thing? I’m like the queen of ADHD, iron in the fire juggling, and new shinies!
The list of projects keeps growing. There are times that I feel like throwing my hands up and conceding defeat but I keep going. I’ve been really trying to focus my efforts on one project at a time. Of course, the fates have decided that practical jokes in my life are to be the thing right now. Irony and Chaos have teamed up to make my plans seem unimportant.
Each of us has to manage our time and prioritize what we spend our 24 hours on. Then fate comes along and decides – nope! It’s a good thing that I have been working from home and that I’m not on the clock for anyone else because my schedule is currently thrown out of the window. Yes, the one that I toiled over for three day to make sure I fit in my workout time, meals that I often are prone to skip and then overeat later, writing time, editing time, our home business, all disrupted because a good portion of my time is now spent as a taxi driver. NO, not for checkered cab company but for my children.
We are currently down to one car between three adults. Instead of being stuck her without a car, I have opted to drive my kids to their school/jobs so that I can have a car when I need it. Call it the privilege of ownership. OF course, doing that means that a good chunk of my day is then spent driving. *SIGH*
Back to NANO prep. In order to maximize my time that is available for writing, I am preparing. I make outlines, but this time I am trying a new method that learned. I’ve spent the last week and a half in developing my characters and laying out the plot and subplots. I have never spent this much time on my characters before, so I really hope that it pays off.
When the stroke of midnight hits, I will be sound asleep. I hope. Anyway, when I can write I will. One of the things I really like about NANO is the challenge of hitting the daily word count goal. There are days when that is easy peasy, then there are days when 100 words seems unattainable. It’s an exciting, stressful, demanding, insane time – but I love it!
Of course I want to win. I don’t enter things like this planning to fail. That competitive part of me is cued and ready to go. The practical part of me is saying what are you thinking? Yeah, it’s crazy in there. I accept it and move on. What else am I going to do? Live, laugh, have some wine!
NANO is an opportunity to push yourself. NANO is a time to embrace the creative ideas that flood my brain. The goal is to WRITE! No editing, no revising, no research – just WRITE! It’s kind of freeing but it’s kind of scary as well.
I have a plan. I have broken my scenes/chapters into 30 day segments. This is a modified version of Lazette’s when she shared on my blog before. When you see a method that someone shares that is different from your own, examine it, scrutinize it, dissect it. Take the parts that work for you and disregard the rest. Eventually you come up with a method that is uniquely yours that fits you. I think I’ve found that method for myself and I’m excited to give it a test run. That’s also part of what NANO is for me.
Do you NANO? Which side are you on, prep or panic?
I’m prepped and ready to go. Just a case of pre-race jitters at the moment!
Write on my friends, write on!