Thursday, November 4, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update

It's been 4 days and I've written 790 words.

Now I could have written, I've only written 790 words, but you know what? That's 790 words that I didn't have written last Sunday and so I'm holding my head high.

Yeah, so I'm not flying. Truth be told, the NaNoWriMo isn't about reaching the magical 50K mark at the end of the month for me. Personally, I can't do it and I know that. What the NaNo does for me is it gets me excited about writing again. The anticipation in October, the planning of something fresh and new, the thought that thousands of others are pushing themselves to achieve a writing goal at the same time...that's what makes it fun for me.

I write when I can and make myself write during those snippets of time during the day when I usually say to myself "I don't have time" to start now; the half hour before work when the house is empty, the half hour when I get home, 15 minutes after supper, a paragraph before bed. All of these times add up and move my goal forward.

I'll push myself a lot this weekend, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to catch up. I can't write nonsense for the sake of reaching a certain word count. Not that I hold that against anyone, of course. Everyone has their own method, what works for them. Turning off my annoying inner critic and putting butt in chair is how I benefit from the NaNoWriMo.

Whatever your personal goal is, good luck, whether you're a NaNoWriMo-er or not. As for me it's back to work. I took a nap today so I could stay up later tonight. I'm hoping to reach 1,000+ before bed. Wish me luck!


  1. Good luck on getting to 1,000, Suzie.

  2. Anyone who ventures to take on NaNo has my upmost respect. Good for you for taking the plunge. Myself, I consider NaNo undue pressure. Some days I write 300 words, other days I write 3000. It took me two years to finish my last manuscript, and my second took less than six months. When I need motivation, I enter a contest that will required a full ms from all the finalist (that why my second ms only took six months). Good luck Suzie. And cute post on your meeting with Laurie. Besides SCBWI I recommend that you sign up on the Verla Kay children writers website as well. It's free with tons of great information.

  3. The only thing that matters is your own personal goal. Good luck on achieving what YOU want!