The first year I decided to do NaNoWriMo my dad died. On November 1. Needless to say my idea about a future where men were extinct didn’t get written in the month of November 2010. But it did get written eventually.
Every year since I have had other commitments that have prevented me from participating.
But not this year.
The first day will be a write-off because I am working, so I’ve decided to start my novel on November 2 and go for 30 days, hoping like heck that I reach that 50,000 word goal along the way. I have a birthday in November, a birthday trip to the islands for a long weekend that will sap my word count. But I plan on taking my laptop to work every day so I can write on my lunch break.
I can usually get 500 words in a lunch break. So that’s 12,500 words. Only 37,500 more to find time to write. But that could be achievable. That would mean 1,250 words every day in addition to my lunch writing. Doable? Right?
Every morning I wake up at 5:30am and get on the treadmill at about 6am for about 30 minutes. Then some other exercises and I’m back upstairs getting ready for work at about 7am and on my way to work at about 7:45am. If I sleep in my workout clothes instead of PJs and stop playing Plants vs Zombies when I wake up and get straight into exercise, I might find another 30 minutes. That’s another 12,500 words. That leaves another 25,000 words. Half way there!
Which means if I write for an hour every night as well, I will get to the fantastic 50,000 words. That that leaves no margin for error, and I already know there are days where I won’t be able to write. What I don’t know is the unexpected days where I won’t be able to write. I’ll be relying on weekends to try and catch up on word counts, and hope my husband doesn’t mind too much that he’ll be talking to the back of my laptop screen.
I’m also part of a War Words group, where we write in sprints and share our numbers (and our words for feedback) so we challenge and push each other to make our targets.
If all goes well, at the end of November I’ll have 50,000 words towards my inspirational novel (about a girl who goes on a downward shame spiral after a car accident).
My questions to you all:
1) Are you doing NaNoWriMo?
2) What story are you writing?
3) What techniques are you putting in place to make sure you WIN?