I am a Woman On A Mission

On the eve of the NaNoWriMo I feel all keyed up with excitement. I am also a bit nervous about the next thirty days, because I am committing myself, starting November 1, to writing at least 50,000 words of original content by November 30. That translates to an average of 1666 words a day. No weekends off. Or approximately 1924 words a day if I take Sundays off. Okay, I could go on and on like that, but like my Mom would say, finish that daily quota.

But rather than think of it that way, I am trying a make a framework for what I’ll be writing during the next thirty days. To begin with, I’ve gifted myself a nice notebook and a bunch of pens so I can write down any gems that occur to me. I love it how ideas overflow when I enjoy what I am doing – and I am very sure I am going to win the NaNoWriMo challenge. It is going to be great fun.

How am I preparing for this? I must plan, because I will also have both my regular jobs to share my time with. For a start, I am planning to practice what I preach and follow some of those health tips. Here’s what I plan to do:

  • Get to bed at a reasonable time every day. These days I tend to stay up late to finish up work
  • Wake up early, so I can begin the day with a fresh few pages. I wake up at 6 am every day, but now I’ll make that earlier
  • Spend less time online. Email is a time-killer. I am going to filter out important mail and read those first. Everything else comes second.
  • Manage my time by the hour, so that I can get everything done as planned
  • Make a priority list with more gusto every day. I already do this. But now, I’ll be more serious with the additional writing I plan to do.
  • Eat healthy. Which means I’ll shop healthy. Which means I’ll make a weekly shopping list instead of socializing at the supermarket
  • Plan meals for the week. Easier to shop too.
  • Meditate. Or at any rate, sit quietly with a blank mind for fifteen minutes every day. Lots of other benefits there, too

I will keep adding to that list. The best part is, November will probably change my life in a significant way as far as discipline is concerned, so I’ll certainly benefit in more ways than one.

What am I planning to write? Some friends asked me what my novel is going to be about. I thought about it, and realized that I really don’t have a storyline ready. Well, I do, but I am not sure I can build on it properly because I have not spent any time on it the last few days. So I decided I would be a REBEL and write non-fiction.

 I am considering three options to meet the 50,000 words, which is the word count to meet the challenge successfully.

1/ 5 e-books of ten thousand words each
2/ Blog posts – how-to/tutorial/101/guide type
3/ Content for a site – 100 pages x 500 words a page 
Or a portion of each. Could be a little ambitious, since I’ll also have to factor in regular client work. 
Sometimes, crazy goals work better than the regular ones. Or may it is because I can’t bear to turn away from a challenge. Add to it the time-constraint – and it is all so exciting!

I’ll also try to maintain a NaNoWriMo diary so I can log my progress and  learn from it. 

Have you signed up for #nanowrimo ? 
What do you plan to write? How are you planning? 
Got tips? Please share!

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  • Reply
    October 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Hello fellow NaNo buddy! Your list is awesome! I need to take notes from you! I am not near as organized. I do have a bit of an outline, but haven’t thought much about being more disciplined about my schedule (and I should!). So happy to be taking this journey with you. Let’s have some fun, shall we? !!

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    Angela Artemis/Powered by Intuition
    October 31, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Go for it Vidya!
    You can do it. I wrote my 40,000 of my 63,000 word manuscript in a 5 days~! Don’t edit – just write. You can go back later and finesse your writing. Can’t wait to hear how you do.
    All my best,

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    Vidya Sury
    October 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Terri, it feels so much better for me to have a fellow buddy. Yes, let’s have some fun! What I’ve written here is affirmation 😀 I gotta put it all into practice, but am happy to say I am on my way. Let’s do it, together! I’d love to compare notes!

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    My Inner Chick
    October 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    So Proud of you!

    My only tip is to just “Write.” …the words will flow…


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    Vidya Sury
    October 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks, Angela! I think I’ll find the writing without editing a little difficult. Some habits are hard to break…but I will! I am grateful for your support!

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    Someone is Special
    October 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Vidya, Cool, Welcome to the party.. I participated last year but I am not able to make it finally.. But this time I am sure I will do it.. I wish you all the best to complete the task of 50,000 words successfully.. Enjoy writing..

    Someone is Special

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    November 1, 2011 at 7:14 am

    My first thought on reading you was envy. You are out to do what I felt I couldn’t do,when i learned of the novel-writing month some years back. What I did instead was write an article on it – Wordage: 896.

    You must have already done a day’s quota of words by this time. All the best for the rest of the 29 days.
    Appreciate your list of do’s. In your blog post this time next month I would be looking for add-ons to your list if eight do’s.

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    Vidya Sury
    November 1, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Thanks Saravana. Are you writing fiction? Wait, let me add you on Twitter for some faster interaction! 🙂

    By the way, I love the look of your blog.

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    Vidya Sury
    November 1, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Kim, thanks! Your words mean a lot to me. Lovely tip 😀 The word’s engraved on my brain. I need all the push I can get!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 1, 2011 at 8:19 am

    GVK, what a privilege indeed to have you visit. 🙂 I read your article and loved it. And yes, I am going to be posting about my progress often, because the first week will involve a lot of learning (read: stumbling).

    And yes, I’ve finished more than my word-quota today. 🙂 Keeping my digits crossed to continue the trend.

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    Someone is Special
    November 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Well.. I am.. and glad you like the look of my blog.. twitter id: @fewmiles..

    Someone is Special

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    Vidya Sury
    November 2, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Thanks, Saravana – already following you on Twitter. I got the id from your blog 😀

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    Betsy at Zen-Mama
    November 3, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I didn’t see this post when I was here yesterday!! I’m very excited to start this, too! have you seen the Matt Cutts video that I posted on my fb page and my blog (I think you have) about do something for 30 days? Now I need to go the link the NaNo link.
    Thanks Vidya!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 4, 2011 at 3:13 am

    @Betsy, yes, I saw the video. 🙂 and with each hour, I think there’s no reason not to achieve what we set out to, when there’s so much motivation around. Thanks for visiting.

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