Man. I’m at 41,107 and closing in on the 50,000 word goal. I have 3 days left to make it to the finish with just under 9,000 words to go. I think a well used block of time and a small bout of inspiration on my part is all that is standing between me and celebrating at the finish line for this year’s NaNoWriMo event.
A couple of things I have learned while participating in NaNoWriMo:
- I tend to work better in spurts. At the beginning of the event I was keeping pace with the designated goal of 1,667 (which isn’t too hard if you’re diligent and have an hour or two to focus on what you’re writing each day) but as time has gone by this month, other aspects of life crept in, causing me to slow down and not meet the daily goal. But then there were a few days when I had extra time and nothing else to do where I wrote as many as 8,000 words in one sitting, catching back up to where I needed to be.
- I’m definitely a procrastinator and really wish I wasn’t. Though, as a procrastinator, when you have a deadline and put things off until the last minute, the pressure to get things done is strangely inspiring. Without a deadline, however, you can procrastinate your life away.
- If you want to get something creative done that no one else cares about, having a self-imposed deadline is crucial. Perhaps even more important than a deadline is the ability to will yourself to complete something, especially if you’re the only person who cares about what you’re working on, and nothing is riding on the fact that it will be completed or not.
- Turn off the internal editor when you write, and just write no matter what. If what you’re writing is garbage, worry about taking it out later. In order to write something, you have to write a lot of garbage. It’s part of the process. Editing is an important next step, but it is exactly that: a next step, and there’s plenty of time for it when it comes time to revise the first draft.
- It’s all practice, good writing or bad writing. If it’s bad, make it better.