Blogging NaNoWriMo: Week Negative 1
November is a month of hard work, Thanksgiving, and, for me – the end of the first quarter of my senior year and submitting my college application. With all that excitement, how could one possibly find the time to do something for themselves, let alone do it in 50,000 words? It sound ridiculous!
I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo weeks ago and I was exceptionally determined. However, a week before the start of November, I find myself wondering why I’m doing what I’m doing to myself and why I’ll push my limits to 1,700 words per day in one of the busiest times of my life.
Also, Lev Grossman and Laini Taylor gave good advice at LeakyCon Chicago about how they wrote well when they had a short time frame and how having a day job, with all its time-wasting and stress was actually extremely helpful to make their writing more focussed, laconic, and, altogether, better.
First of all, I love coffee. The more coffee there is in my system, the happier I am, so I could sacrifice a couple more hours any day–if it mean an excuse for more coffee. Second, I want to see my fiction published in print some day, as many of us do, and the first step would be the writing. There is, literally, no other way.
However, as perhaps with some of you who are reading this, my plot is not one thousand percent flushed out, as it should be if one is planning to spill 50,00 words in 30 days. What do we do then?
Speaking of Laini Taylor, one of my favorite things on the internet is her writing blog, so if six days before the starting line you don’t have your “running” gear or a map of your writing route, be sure to check it out. If you get stuck at any point, visit it for a flash of inspiration… just be sure not to spend too much time on the internet when you should be writing!
Why am I writing this article and telling you that I have a plotless novel to write? Because NOW if I don’t do the work I promised to do, I will have embarrassed myself immensely on the internet. So as an additional motivation, pledge your NaNoWriMo allegiance in the comments – and make sure to get to 50,000 words in the weeks to come!