Week One: Nanoprogress

I think the same thing happens to me whether it’s Nanowrimo or any other writing project–I start off with a bang and get tons done the first and second day before something distracts me the third day.

That’s not to say that this year is going poorly. It’s actually going really well. I am much more interested in my current story than I ever was with last year’s story. So what’s my problem? I don’t know. I think it’s the scope of the project–50,000 words in 30 days–that suddenly seems daunting on Day 3 whereas on Days 1 and 2 it was something I could just chuckle about and say, “Yeah, yeah, no problem.” But I am trying to stick to my plan of writing at least 1667 words a day. If I can maintain that tempo I will have finished on time and I will be pleased as punch with myself.

So my plan to stay on track? Get up every morning and write before I eat breakfast. Usually I can get at least 800 words written even in my zombie morning state. The remaining 867 words I write in the evening when I come home from work. This is the more difficult part because the social part of me wants to go out and meet people, the lazy part of me wants to watch TV or read a book. So the more ambitious part of me has to remind myself that if I ever want anyone (besides me and my writing buddy) to read my work I have to finish it. That is usually enough to get me going again.

Music helps. I have my Spotify playlist for Nanowrimo 2011 and it pushes me forward. It’s around 2 hours of music that I think captures the feel of what I am trying to write. If you have Spotify, here’s a link to my playlist. I usually make one every year so if you’re interested you can also listen to 2009 and 2010’s playlists.

Now it’s time for me to return to writing. I’ve got around 700 more words to write today to stay on track and I want to finish it before I eat dinner.

By the way, you’ll be able to read the synopsis and the very, very rough version of chapter one tomorrow afternoon.

For those of you who are nanoing this year, how’s it going for you?

7 thoughts on “Week One: Nanoprogress

  1. Hi Kim: I am not participating in the nanowrim2011, but I did submit a short story to Lulu Short Story Contest. The word limit was 600. More of my speed. 🙂 The title is The Man with the White Handkerchief, and the link to the story is http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/the-man-with-the-white-handkerchief/12050488

    I wish you every success with your project.

    By the way, have you read the book My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due. It is a fantastic read.

    Stay well.

    • Hi Vivienne! I just downloaded your story from Lulu. I am going to read it during my coffee break tomorrow. 🙂 Re: My Soul to Keep, I haven’t read it but it’s on my list of books to read. I’m reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver but I think I will start My Soul to Keep next.

  2. In September, I began waking up early (like at 5:30) to go to the gym. And two months later, I’m shocked by how much more I’ve been getting done. More writing, more time with family. Really I think starting your day sooner is the secret.

    Happy Writing! (You’re already doing so well!)

    • Thanks! Now if only I could actually make it to the gym, I could lose weight and get lots of writing done. Gotta figure that one out. 🙂 But getting up at 6AM and writing has been my daily plan for a while now and doing Nanowrimo is the best way for me to make sure I write every day. I wish they had Nanowrimo all year so I would always have deadlines. As much as I hate deadlines, I need them.

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