Thursday, November 1, 2012

NaNoWriMo, Day 1

Today marks the beginning of NaNoWriMo. October is over, I have Halloween candy stashed in my candy bin, and now it is time to start writing! I used to think that November was like the worst month ever to do NaNo, but now, with my Halloween candy stash (er, I mean my kids' stash) I am starting to see the wisdom in picking November for NaNo.

For me, it's off to a good start. It's nearly noon, and already I've written 3,734 words today, folded two loads of laundry, and got Thing 1 and Thing 2 to take a nap. I have a final load of laundry in the wash (I should probably go put that in the dryer) and will hopefully get another 1,000-2,000 words written today. I do have 6 pages left to critique before meeting with my critique group tonight. But hubby is working late, which means after I get home I have a couple of hours to write before he gets here.

I've tried NaNoWriMo a couple of times before without success. But I've never actually registered for it (I didn't even know that was a thing until this year). I've never spent copious amounts of time prepping for NaNo (like I did this year). I've never come up with a plan. This year, my plan is to write 3k a day, 5 days a week. So taking off weekends and Thanksgiving, that gives me 21 days to write, which means I'll hit 63k by the end of the month. That gives me a 13k buffer if something goes wrong. (I do have a bridal shower I'm in charge of on Saturday that I should probably do some things for, after all. And I have that policy in which I force myself to complete all Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, because I totally hate shopping in holiday crowds.)

I can do this. I WILL conquer NaNo. I can't wait to see what this month brings!

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