The Final Days
Today, my friends, is October twenty-seventh. Do you know what that means? It means Nanowrimo is pretty much standing on top of us. Don’t be afraid, it won’t hurt. Well, it won’t cripple you. Nanowrimo is not liable for any head, back or wrist injuries caused by writer’s block, the insane goal, or any of its participants. Neither am I just because I convinced you to do it. But, with any luck and a little help from me, you won’t have so many difficulties you end up bashing your head off of the wall.
During these final days before Nanowrimo, enjoy your freedom. Don’t shake in your boots fearing what is to come. 50, 000 words (or more) in a month is a noble goal. It is also perfectly achievable for the majority of people. Make sure you have a solid idea what your plot is about and who your characters are, but don’t over plan or spend all your time fussing over your outline. This is Nanowrimo. It’s not about writing the perfect novel. It’s about writing a messy but full-length first draft, which you may or may not choose to edit later. It’s about being able to say ‘I wrote a book once’, even if you never do it again. It’s about having fun. If it doesn’t end up working well for you, you can plan more next year.
Instead, make sure to spend the next few days–or as much of them as you can–doing the other things that you enjoy. If you know you have a big project of some sort due next month for work or school, do some extra work on it now. The idea is to get these things out of the way now so that you don’t feel the need for them as much during the next month. It’ll help, trust me. Go to a Halloween party. Have fun. Next month is going to be a long month full of trials, tribulations and hopefully victory dances. Be prepared.
This November, I will be posting pep talks every Monday, a dare every Wednesday, and some sort of tip/update/excerpt on Friday. I’ll be just as exhausted as the rest of you, but I’ll be loving it. After all, Nanowrimo to me is the most wonderful time of the year.
What will you be doing in the final days before Nanowrimo?
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Posted on October 27, 2011, in Nanowrimo, Novels, Workshops, Writing, Writing, Writing: The Process and tagged countdown to Nanowrimo, Nanowrimo, Novels, things to remember for Nanowrimo, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.