Adventures in Writing: National Novel Writing Month
With the challenge of Whole 30 cuisine behind me, November brings a whole new array of challenges.
Summer is long since over, fall has settled in, and the holidays are beating down the door. A generally hard time for those of us with small families, remembering lost loved ones and celebrating those who are left. Pair this lonliness with the haunting Seasonal Affective Disorder, and I'm just a puddle of sad from November first through New Years.
This winter, I'm bringing light to the darkness with National Novel Writing Month.
Every November, novelists gather in groups or write solo in coffee shops, determined to write 50,000 words in thirty days. A community designed to help those creative wanderers who always say "I'm a writer, I want to write a novel," but never have the time, motivation, or balls to follow through.
So, this November, I'm doing it.
One day at a time, about 1600 words a day, and come December, I should have the first draft of a story not-so-loosely based on the last 380 days of my life. (Apologizes to the dramatized versions of people who make the cut, congratulations to those who escape the wrath of my keyboard).
Here's what I'm hoping for:
- Healing through reflection, and rewriting my reality.
- Reaching a word count I've never hit on my own.
- Having fun while holding myself accountable for something.
- Realizing that setting small daily goals actually leads to long term success.
Thanks to my competitive nature, I think I can finish by December first, but not without serious planning.
November is tricky, some days I may not write at all, like the day I drive north for vacation, or Black Friday when I hope to both #optoutside and buy a toaster oven for practically nothing at Target. So, other days I'll write twice as much to compensate. Here's my plan:
Mornings: Set the alarm for 20 minutes earlier to squeeze in at least 10 minutes of writing before I get out of bed.
Weekends: Dedicate my usual lounging or crafting time to writing. This will in turn disrupt any plans of Christmas gift prep.
Basketball Games: Write during commercial breaks.
Evenings: Aim for 30-40 minutes before bed.
Any other time: Crank it out.
So far, my calculator says I'm on track to finish Dec 7, so it looks like I've got some serious typing ahead of me to meet the Dec 1 deadline. I better get cracking!
Have you written a novel? Do you have any tips? Want to join me in the challenge?