It’s time for NaNoWriMo prep and 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 is my NaNoWriMo prep going? 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.
My NaNoWriMo Prep
- 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 healthily. Which means I’ll shop healthy. This 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 for NaNoWriMo, which is the word count to meet the challenge successfully.
- 5 e-books of ten thousand words each
- Blog posts – how-to/tutorial/101/guide type
- 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 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 your NaNoWriMo prep?
Got tips? Please share!
If you feel like it, get your pom-poms and cheer me on! I would really appreciate it.