Gearing up for NaNoWriMo

It is almost November which means it is time to prep for NaNoWriMo. Pre-NaNo Write-Ins have already begun and Kick-off parties are happening this weekend. Some folks look at NaNoWriMo with a sense of dread – ‘50,000 words in 30 Days! Oh the horror!’. Others looks at NaNoWriMo with disdain – ‘I write 50,000+ words every month, why should it be special now?’ or ‘Why are my fellow authors/writers only working on their books during NaNoWriMo?’

I find myself on a cusp of reasons. Yes, I should work on my books during other months – and I do slightly – but I enjoy the camaraderie that comes with NaNoWriMo. The Write-Ins are often really good at getting the creative juices flowing and it is nice to get out, have a change of scenery, and meet other writers. Writing can be a very lonely gig and even introverts need occasional social interactions. I also find the deadline (and the ‘you’ve fallen behind!’ graphs) to be most motivating.

This year, though, I find myself at a bit of a writing impasse. I want to get last year’s book completed but I have three others demanding attention too. I plan to ‘divide and conquer’ but have a primary focus on last year’s book. This week, I get to re-read last year’s work once more along with fleshing out the outline for it then finish up the rough outlines for the others. I also need to get my office/computer space fully prepped, the caffeine stocked and some minor housework things accomplished.

Come November 1st, I plan to “chain” myself to my computer and just write. When properly motivated, I can achieve 4000 words in a day. An impressive feat onto itself but take into account that it is all in verse, it is a monumental achievement. Not sure how I managed to accomplish 4000 words a day last year but optimistic that I can replicate it this year.

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