Remember November…but I forgot NaNoWriMo!

Oh heavens, this was bound to happen. The past few years, I’ve told myself that I was going to join with NaNoWriMo. Well, two days ago I didn’t remember that November was around the corner until the 29th. So, all the prep work involved, the initial idea, the outlines…not done. I should be writing right now, aiming for 2000-25oo words a day, and doing all I can to get to that deadline of 50K words.

Well, my mind has “late bloomer” syndrome and I am doing my best prep work now by getting this out of my system and making a schedule to be sure my other writing work doesn’t fall too far behind…or better yet, actually gets restarted! I wonder how much I can get done today (and tomorrow, and the rest of the week). I have a crazy schedule that in theory allows me lots of time to write, but its small chunks that must be interrupted for travel back and forth to work, or volunteering gigs. I am meeting my mentor for one last go over on my tour tomorrow and she proposed lunch at noon first. The problem is I know us–we’re chatty as hell and I need writing time (and I can’t afford lunch out anyway). I might have to skip it unless I get up nice and early, do my time at the gym (which has suffered thanks to friggin migraines), and get dressed and refreshed.

I am a new convert to the idea that exercise helps stimulate thinking, and am pleased at all the ideas that have come after a good workout. Its just time consuming to get done and shower and get ready for the day, only to have a couple hours to get stuff done if I’m lucky and in the zone.

So, for NaNoWriMo, this year I signed into it on the 29th, though now that I’m in I realize there’s a helluva lot I’m going to have to do. I’ll have to read up on how to put in word counts and the forums and whatnot in the middle of doing my OUTLINE of all things. Sheesh–I have to adjust to the fact that I’m already starting this year’s NaNoWriMo with a cramp. I’m hobbling from the starting line right now. And to top it off, trying to get my ducks in a row last night led to doing so little of anything. I discovered Goodreads…and started putting my books on my shelves and wishlist in there…oh boy…this’ll take a few more days (hee hee). I get addicted to making lists; just a bit of a freak that way. And book lists take the longest to work on.

Not so bad, as long as when I make to-do lists, I actually start crossing things off of them! With my books, I have to remember to read them once in a while, not just categorize (hee hee).

With the NaNoWriMo story, as long as I don’t freak out and let myself feel the story and the flow, I should be okay…eventually. It’s hard not to berate oneself when you miss a deadline every single year. But I have a feeling that this year I can get a lot done, even with my crazy “working every night” schedule until Thanksgiving week. Holidays are a blessing and a curse to me–a blessing because sometimes I have a lot of time to get things done if I’m looking for it; a curse because my hours change drastically or things I need to get taken care of happen where hours have changed because of the holidays. Grr…

Still, at least there’ll be hot coffee and soup, warm blankets and maybe the rare pumpkin scone. I just hate being so broke right now–I’m used to baking pies and bringing them to work between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, I’ll channel that baking energy and time into making stories instead.

It could work. Focus, kiddo, focus. And I’m listening to my James Patterson Masterclass videos right now to help me cut through my mental b.s. and try a new way of writing. If it works out, I’ll definitely get that story flowing without shooting myself in the foot with too much realism. That’s what kills me before I’ve gotten started–I get stuck in research mode and have to get into story mode…and the switch gets stuck.

Anyhoo, back to Mr. Patterson and my big blank yellow legal pad and fresh black pens, just itching to mar that pretty canary surface. Muahahahahaha!

Aw, crap. Halloween’s over…but I’m still reading the Penny Dreadfuls, so ppppttttthhh!

One thought on “Remember November…but I forgot NaNoWriMo!

  1. marieryan says:

    Hi Chatty!
    Just found your NaNo post here.
    I really enjoyed that! I know it’s late to talk about starting NaNo, but I’m so enthusiastic about what it’s done to me and for my writing, I’m just wanting to tell everyone that I love it!
    Regards, Marie.


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