Life during NaNoWriMo
Here’s how my November went:
Every day, goal of writing at least 1700 words culminating in 50k+ words on Nov. 30.
I had this sense of urgency – get it done, make it happen, meet the goal.
Because I had that sense of urgency, because I wanted to WIN (did I mention I am a little, tiny, teeny bit competitive?), I arranged my day so that I WOULD meet my goal.
Somethings had to be sacrificed because if you want to do something different from your status quo, then things have to be changed, moved around, different priorities rise to the top, and some things fall away. What fell off for me?
Twitter – I only checked in once a day, and that was for mentions.
Facebook – ummm… I don’t think I checked in one time during the month of November.
Email – once in the morning, once in the evening.
I couldn’t cast work aside – that’s the bread and butter right now. But, I was much more organized – here’s my list of what has to be done, here’s what has to happen to get that accomplished… work, work, work, boom – done.
And, I wrote. I wrote when I didn’t feel like it. I wrote when I didn’t know where the story was taking me (even though I had my worksheets!). I wrote when I thought it wasn’t going to be any good (ugh, writer’s doubt, yuck).
But, I wrote. Until Nov. 30 I wrote.
Life After NaNoWriMo
December 1 – I thought, wow, I did it. I WON! I need a little break, a little recuperation. I’ve earned it. Just a few days, just a couple, and then I will get back to it.
But, it was December, and we do a lot of celebrating in December, so the month rolled away from me and no new writing and no work on editing or revising, not really, not real, solid work.
Soon, it was January. I didn’t need any more recuperation. But, instead of reading through my draft, I was back to the heavy hitting with Twitter, and I mean a lot.
And, no surprise, January was ripped off the calendar. I had read through some of the draft. And, when I read through it and worked on it, I liked it. I think it has potential to be strong, solid, engaging writing.
But here’s the thing – and it’s no secret – if I don’t DO THE WORK, it won’t get done.
Or rather, I should say, if I don’t do my work, then someone else will do theirs, and it will be their work out in the world, not mine. No, if I don’t do MY work, it will be in a file on my lap top or printed out and stuffed in some drawer.
So, back to it, back to the process. Less Twitter time, more writing time.
How about you? How are your writing goals coming along for 2012? Still on track or is it time to re-focus?
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