So… I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo again. And yes, the impulse has me wondering if I’m totally crazy.
Not familiar with NaNoWriMo? Here’s a description from the sponsoring nonprofit’s webpage: “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”
50,000 words in November breaks down to 1,667 words a day. That’s assuming you’re able to write on weekends and holidays (Thanksgiving and Veteran’s Day) without any interference from your family. I’ve got a toddler and a kindergartner constantly underfoot. What could possibly go wrong?
I haven’t attempted NaNoWriMo since spawning offspring. In years past, my success was thwarted by (a) my teaching obligations and (b) a very strong inner critic who insisted that I rewrite and obsess and pick and agonize and go in circles over and over and over again. I could never just crunch on a chill pill and get out of my own way.
Yet every time that I attempted NaNo, I just blithely assumed that I could change my ways. “This year will be different!” I’d enthuse, without making any efforts to even figure out what I needed to overcome, let alone how I could go about doing so. Shocking but true: this wasn’t the smartest method for setting out to achieve a goal.
This year is going to be different. No, really. In the next few days I’ll be pondering my inevitable obstacles and doing some if-then planning on how to address them. I’m reading relevant blog posts. I’m pondering what I can let slide. And I’m even trying to do some advance meal planning and prepping!
Whatever tools I create, I’ll post. Hopefully that will help me stay on track… and maybe provide inspiration for my fellow Wrimos. With that in mind: any other blog readers out there who also happen to be NaNo participants? Any tips and tricks you’d care to share?