Due to getting my girls to bed miraculously early tonight because I was in a horrid mood (7pm early) I got more writing done, and vegged by watching a movie to shake me out of this mood. So, I haven't yet had kiddo record me drawing the winner of the contest. It will be up tomorrow!
But I did want to talk about this while it was on my mind. That's right, ladies and gentle-writers, the month of November is just around the corner, and what does that mean for us? National Novel Writing Month(Hence, eh, NaNoWriMo). What got me thinking was a post in the awesome AW Forums about how you plan on juggling the word count. The goal is 50K for the month. My response to this question?
I'm a mom of two young kids, one in which can't be left alone else she'd kill herself somehow by accident (eating electrical cords, choking on plant leaves, you get the picture), going to college part time, and running the household (with everything included--hint: husband is spoiled (gee, I hope he isn't reading...) it is hard to find time to sit down, shake away the distractions (especially when desk is in the middle of the house--the kitchen) and WRITE. And Write WELL.
But Novemeber, National Novel Writing Month, shall be the month of NO EXCUSES. That's right, people. I'm setting a weekly goal, not sure what yet, but probably a realistic goal. There's no way I am setting 50K as I'll just be setting myself up for failure, which will only result in discouragement and boycotting writing for a while. No, I will set a reasonable goal, like 7K a week, and have two days within that week I have to reach a certain word-count, like say, 2K, leaving the rest of the week to catch up to result in 7K or more (taking a math class, so let's put it to use! 2 days of a must 2K = 4K, leaving 3K to get to eventually by the end of the week, easy peasy, I say). This, in essence, leaves me at 28K the end of Novemeber, which is half of a book (or almost, depending), and not bad at all!
If I do more than 28K? Score! A boost to self-esteem, and probably good writing mojo. And though I will be writing my WIP, I'll be sure (no matter how tempted) not to include what I've already written (which, ahem, is now at a little over 5K) in Eternal Guardians (like the title? I'm still teetering for or against it).
What's YOUR plan for NanoWriMo? And for veterans, any advice?