Why? Because now I've got the paperback of Emily's Trial, my NaNoWriMo novel, staring at me and I know that I wouldn't have met my promise to get it to readers in the Fall of this year if I hadn't poured out the first 50,000 last November.
I learned a few things from the experience last year and I'm sharing:
1. Stock Your Freezer! For thirty days, you need to sit your butt in the chair, strap your fingers to the keys, and type your heart out. If you want to 'win' NaNoWriMo, you need to hit a word count of 1,666.66 words per day (but who's counting). And if you're an American, you'll likely take off at least one day for Thanksgiving feasting, football and elastic waistband wearing. So if you account for 5 days off in November (Thanksgiving + one day each weekend), you're word count just went up 2,000 words per day, six days a week. For those of us who are more sporadic-prolific than plodding along each day and meeting a word count prolific, this is a lofty goal.
You're getting ready for a writing marathon, not a sprint. You need to prepare you mind - and body - for day-in and day-out writing.
|Ingredients at the Ready - Time to Cook|
|One Recipe, two meals. Boosh!|
My freezer is now full of healthy soups, stews, casseroles and a few comfort food dishes, all sans MSG and mega doses of salt. Now all I have to do is add some steamed veggies or a salad. How easy is that? No more bags or boxes.
2. Playlist Created & Writing Tools Gathered. For some of us, a 'soundtrack' for our novel is imperative. I've done this from day one of my writing. In fact, my idea for a work in progress, H.A.L.F., came straight from a song. And songs inspire scenes and imagery. If you haven't tried this before, give it a test. If you use iTunes, I've found it very helpful in creating 'soundtracks' for my novels. Use Genius and the sidebar to find tunes that are similar to a few of your inspiration songs.
|Don't let this be you during NaNoWriMo - PLAN!|