Monday, November 4, 2013

My NaNoWriMo Workload


I'm doing something a little different this year for NaNoWriMo. The point of NaNoWriMo is to put one's full attention into writing and finishing a novel. I did that last year, and it helps, somewhat. This year I'm an author, I've already been doing all the hard work year-round. I don't need NaNoWriMo telling me what to do.

What I've done this year is to put a new promise up, one of dedication, not only to writing, but my other projects. My blog falls under that umbrella. I could update more often, and will. The NaNoWriMo page has my novel called, Workload which is what it sounds like, my workload. My second novel is part of it, so I will still be following the rules, kinda, sorta.

My thinking is, if I write 50,000 words in a month, who cares where it goes? I'm the one putting the hours in on the keyboard. Some people write 140,000 word shlock that must be whittled down to 100,000 words, because they've described the same things twelve times. If that's ok, I think spending a few thousand of my 50,000 words on blog posts about video games is fine too.

Productivity is key to success. My writing can sometimes make it onto one of my YouTube channels, or into a script, or into this very blog. It doesn't really matter where a lot of this energy is going, as long as the majority of it goes to the novel. That last one is a personal viewpoint. I've met writers who want to blog, nothing more. They like giving advice or movie reviews. It's all good. What counts is the dedication to do the act over a long period of time.

A month can drag out when there is a word goal to reach. It doesn't hurt that NaNoWriMo has a spiffy page telling you about reaching your word count. I missed the first day, because of the last edits of my novel, so I updated the second day with a word count from a blog post. It told me at my rate, I will reach my goal at the beginning of January. It told me I had to write 1,670 words a day to reach 50,000 in the month. Information like that can boost the confidence of the scared inner-writer.

You can use NaNoWriMo how it was intended, or do an idea like I am, and tally up all your writing for the month. If you can reach the goal in a month, imagine what can happen when you keep at it.