Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Preparing for NaNoWriMo
This is just my second attempt at NaNoWriMo. Last year, I wrote less than 15,000 words. Pitiful, yes? This year, I'd like to better prepare myself for the challenge. Even if I don't hit the 50,000 word mark, I'd like to make a respectable showing this year. So, here's my To Do list that will get me off to a good start:
1. Have a basic plot outline.
2. Prepare a brief biographical sketch for each of my main characters.
3. Bribe my husband so that he doesn't kill me for dumping the kids on him the entire month of November.
4. After the time changes this weekend - we "fall back," right? - I'm going to keep getting up at my usual time, foregoing the extra hour of sleep, to write. So, I usually get up at 6:00, but I'll set my alarm for 5:00 and my body will still think it's 6:00 because of the time change. Am I making sense?
5. As much as I hate staying in the office over my lunch break, I will, just so I can write.
6. I will not permit myself to edit as I go along, like I usually do. That pesky self-editing is what keeps me working on the same four chapters I wrote for NaNo last year without progressing any further.
7. I'm clearing a spot at home to write where there is no TV and no phone.
8. I will not log onto the internet during a writing session.
9. If the husband bribery works (see number 3), I will attend the Saturday write-in sessions my writers group is hosting.
10. Apologize to family and friends in advance for my lack of time to chat, socialize, go out, etc. (Who am I kidding. I live a really boring life as it is.)
If you have never given NaNoWriMo a try, you should. Check it out at http://www.nanowrimo.org/
Good luck to all! I'll see you on the other side of November...