It is the midway point of NaNoWriMo 2011. The adventure has had its ups and downs during my first attempt at this mash dash frenzy to 50K words. My goal has remained the same. I want the story that has been in my head for the past year to be placed down on paper. If I get a good portion of it written then I will consider myself a winner. If the word count is accomplished that is just icing on the cake
The two things that I have stuck to has been:
A/ Getting up at 5 am and writing for a straight hour. It is the best time of the day when my hands and joints are not hurting at full speed. The end of the day they are screaming bloody murder. Also life has a way of getting in the way and before we know it the day is already gone.
B/ A good NaNo buddy of mine named Ruth gave me a great tip. Before the month of November started, write down 30 plots I could write about. I would pick one each day to write on and stick to it until I got a word count I was happy with. That way I would not sit in front of the computer twiddling my thumbs.
At the moment my word count is 34,295 on day 15. I am tired and sleep deprived and I honestly can’t wait for November to be done. I need to get back to my projects that had to be push to the side due to this adventure I have embarked on. Will I do this next year I do not know but if so I will be better prepared.
I have always looked up to people who have written full blown novels that had word counts that overshadow my small words. Yet here I am with the word count slightly over 34K and still climbing. I have amazed myself and yes I am pretty darn tooting proud at the same time. Another perk of this NaNoWriMo has been my ability to show myself I can do it like the others and that at the end of the day is the best reward of all.
I am a NaNoWriMo virgin who is ready to be deflowered. This will be my first year to attempt the month long frenzy of writing 50K words in November. The writers I associate with have inspired me to do so. My friend Erica had her book printed for winning NaNo and we were all so proud of her. Also my Twitter buddies Ami and Ruth have been encourage me all week long and we have not even started this event. Thank you ladies. So between all the tips I have been given this is how I will prep for NaNoWriMo 2011
1-I review books for Booksneeze and authors who request it. I finished reviewing the two that were on desk. The month of November I will not review to save time.
2- I am a member of two book clubs, one of which I run. I will put on the reading dock books I have either read or books that are super duper small. This will save me time for my writing. Those reviews will be done in December.
3- As a blogger who posts 2-3 times a week I need to plan in advance. I have made a list of 14 topics to talk about. At this moment I have 11 that are in draft mode.
4-I tend to write all my stories and books in long hand first. But this time around will use my laptop to save on the writing.
5-I have listed 30 plots to include in the book with subdivisions for some of them. That way each day I will already have a topic on hand. The goal will be to write 2K words per day or as close to it. This will help if I get behind, the holidays or if I just need a day off. ( Great tips from Ruth)
6-I will schedule a time each day to do this and try to keep on track.
7-I have some writing buddies who will support and encourage me through the month as I will do for them.
Now the real issue of me not being able to accomplish this will be my fibromyalgia. When I do a writing frenzy for 3-5 days my hands will freeze up and go numb on me. This results in not being able to use my hands for a few days. So I have to time this well and try to pace myself. My primary goal is to accomplish the word count. But at the end of the day my ultimate goal is to have a great time writing along side others who are joining in this adventure. Even if I don’t finish I will have a story on paper that I been meaning to upgrade from a short story to a novel. The frame work will be up there for me to work on.
I am so stoked. Who’s with me?