Earlier this year after reading “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin I found inspiration to begin writing again. I was especially taken by the idea of writing a 30-day novel and determined to give it a try. I apparently skipped over the brief mention of National Novel Writing Month, but it must have stuck with me because I decided that November would be my month. My reasons were weather (the first month of more indoor time), and the obvious fact that November has 30 days, perfect!
While I was enjoying the Sunday paper I stumbled upon an announcement about November being NNWM and decided to look into it more this morning. I am now officially registered on the NaNoWriMo website and will be participating in any local events and entering my work for judging. The last bit was wholly unexpected, but it is a useful tool to keep me on it when the going gets rough. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, the 30-day novel is 50,000 words (the approximate length of “Catcher in the Rye” and “The Great Gatsby”) written in yes, 30 days. That means 1667 words a day, give or take.
Anticipating the things that most often derail my attempts to focus on a task that has the potential to frustrate and make me want to quit, I plan on employing a few tactics in advance.
First – the ongoing office disorganization. I will spend at least one hour a day for the next 15 days regaining order and making sure I have all of my supplies at hand. Being able to find what I am looking for and not having the excuse to run out to buy printer paper will keep my eyes on the screen and my fingers on the keys.
I plan to follow a schedule similar to the one I have now but stretching out the writing time to allow for an additional 1667 words a day. Part of the challenge is NO EDITING, saving that for December. How I will manage that I have no idea, but the point is to grow creatively and resisting interrupting the flow to edit is key apparently. As a result, I will complete each day’s writing in one sitting with my inner editor locked in the closet.
Make this my number one priority. The dishes, the laundry, dealing with email, chatting on the phone with family and friends; any and all of those will be on hold during my time to write. And how much time will that take? I’m not sure and expect it will vary daily. I will give myself a two-hour window to start and then adjust as needed.
Likely this blog will see shorter entries, some about this endeavour and others on the usual range of topics. If you are planning on participating in this challenge, let me know, I hope to keep up with my fellow writers with encouragement and when that fails commiseration.