NaNoWriMo Check In

How has your NaNoWriMo going so far? I’m one day behind in word count thanks to a migraine, but I think I’ll make up the word count today.

Things I’ve learned so far:

1) Some say you should write at the same time every day to get into a routine. This doesn’t really work for me, as I work full-time and often I’m not in the mood to write on my lunch break, so I have to wait until I get home – and vice versa. I write whenever the inspiration gets me, which is to say I write whenever. The routine also doesn’t work for someone coping with a debilitating pain condition that literally stops me in my tracks.

2) Plotting/outlining the story was a good idea. I’m not sticking to the outline 100% but since I have an idea where I want the story to go, I’m in better shape than usual. Also I printed out the plot outline so I can refer back to my characters and the little details you can sometimes forget about a person.

3) I’m writing each day in a new document. Most have one larger manuscript, which makes sense too, but for some reason this way of organizing works better for me. I can see all the documents I’ve completed and feel more accomplished. (Maybe as a former journalist it’s like I’m seeing all the articles I’ve completed.) It’s also nice to start with a blank page and then fill it up with that day’s ideas.

4) If you can attend a Write-In, do it! I attended one in my city this week and sitting among other writers typing away on their stories inspired me – and brought out my competitive streak. I didn’t participate in the word wars but plan to next week. Find one in your city/town and take an hour or so from your busy schedule to do this. It’s also fun to find out about other writers’ stories.

That’s it so far. If you want to “friend” me on the NaNoWriMo site, I’ll “friend” you back. My name is OneStorySlinger.

Keep Writing! ๐Ÿ™‚



All Set…

I’m ready for NaNoWriMo! I’ve got my story all set, an actual outline (try not to die of shock), plenty of tea and candy, and I’m organized. I’ve even got a handy little badge on the sidebar of this blog to help track my word count.

I’ll try to keep posting on One Story Slinger regularly but no promises. I decided to be selfish and focus on my own writing this month, although that’s not entirely my fault considering I set up to do reviews but no one emailed me back. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Total sad face.

The trick will be finding time to write on days like today when I’ve got a migraine and want to shoot myself instead of write. But that’s a challenge I always face.

Happy Writing!

NaNoWriMo Virgin

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This year is my first time participating in the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it’s commonly abbreviated. Actually I’ll probably call it NaNo as I like that better. Sign upย and friend me – I’m under OneStorySlinger. There we can track each other’s progress and cheer each other on to the end!

For the entire month of November, writers around the nation (and possibly globe) will write 50K words in hopes of finishing a novel. The goal of the month is quantity, not quality, and is designed to help writers like me who have a hard time finishing projects.

As someone who edits as I write, this will be my hardest challenge. I can type 90 words a minute so I’m not stressed about typing at least 2K words a day. That’s nothing for me. But not editing? Just rolling with whatever I’ve written? Eek!

Originally I was going to finish one novel that is already started but not plotted. Instead, in the spirit of the month, I’m going to work on a novel I haven’t started, but have already plotted from start to finish.

Any other NaNo virgins out there? What will be your biggest challenge? Writers who have done this before, what advice do you have for us newbies?

Happy Writing!