Thursday, November 3, 2011

NaNo: 2 - Off to a great start. Not.

I admit, I was tempted to lie.

A piece of me wanted to report a 2,000-word day, and rejoice in catching myself up after an 800-word Day 1 start.

But National Novel Writing Month is intended to be about personal challenge, pushing yourself to bust through writer's block and actually finish (or start) that novel you've always been wanting to write.

Trouble is, I've got TOO many novels I want to write, and so when I sit down at the computer, it's a matter of determining which project gets the attention.

Yesterday, I didn't pay a single one of them any thought.

I'm not going to whine about being busy with the day job, or packing for my four-day trip, or even spending creative time working on pretty centrepieces for the display tables at this weekend's function. Few writers have the luxury of staying home to write - and a good portion of them are not doing NaNo. Life still happens.

And lying about word count will only hurt me in the end.

So. *deep breath*

The next four days will be busy, but when I'm not busy, I'm going to be productive and knock those words out. Because THIS IS THE YEAR.

And I'm not a quitter.

Doing NaNo? How's it going? Survival tips? Inspirational quotes? Send them along please.

- Dawn

The Book In My Bag Today: The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern


  1. Not doing NaNo, but I think anything that helps you sit down and focus on your writing for an extended period of time is a good thing.

    Hang in there! Good luck with it~ :o) <3

  2. You can do it! Just recalculate the words a day you need and divide over the month (in fact divide it over the month minus about 3 days... surely obstacles will happen at least that much)... so if you've got 800... then 49,200 divided by 25 is 1968--that is less than 2000 a day and manageable. Pick a project--start on a scene you are really eager to write to get in the mood, and GO!

    I am so far, so good. It is harder than normal because I have more life happening than normal, but I am about 6000, so definitely on track.

  3. Thanks, LTM <3

    Hart - GREAT advice. I've recalculated and am not working with a different perspective. That's why you're so awesome! (Well one of a million reasons...)