Current Project: Derby book
Status: First draft
I signed up for NaNoWriMo. EEEEEK! It's November 2 and I'm already behind, but that's not a surprise. If I can get caught up today, it won't be as big of a hill to climb. I've done NaNo several times before and "won" it twice. Those two times I reached 50,000 words, I never picked up the book again to finish it. Let's hope that won't happen a third time, shall we?
I'm quite nervous about hitting the goal. I'm hopeful, excited, motivated and all of those other words that could be inserted - but, is it just me or is November a horrible month for NaNo? Work is always busy in November, it's right in the middle of the term (and fall term is always tough). I'd much rather do NaNo in January, once the holidays are over. Or March, before the weather gets really nice. I've tried to do my own NaNo in other months, but the motivation isn't there. It's the fact that I have friends doing it across genres, which makes it an easy bandwagon to jump on to. The fact that you can see it in the media, random mentions on facebook and online. It's everywhere this month - you can't escape it. It's a good reminder to get writing!
Finishing books is clearly not my strengh, but I'm especially determined to finish this one. I think the topic (roller derby) is hot enough to sell right now, even in the tight contemporary romance market. And the fact that I'm actually going to be doing roller derby gives me inside knowledge and and a good promotion opportunities. Hopefully there aren't a lot of romance-writing roller derby girls out there ;)
These are my 10 strategies for finishing NaNo:
1) Write every day;
2) Never get more than one days' word count behind (1,667 words per day);
3) Try to write 2,000 words per day so I can get some free days when homework is too heavy or I'm too tired;
4) Write throughout the day so I don't have 1,667 words looming over me at the end of the day after I'm exhausted from work, homework and derby practice;
5) Think of some rewards for meeting weekly goals, or for getting significantly ahead of my word count (but not food rewards!);
6) Take Scrivener full-screen so I'm not distracted by IM, email, Twitter, etc;
7) Turn off my cell phone if I become desperate for word count - no texting;
8) Make a music playlist that keeps me entertained so I don't feel tempted to turn on the tv while writing;
9) Keep in touch with others doing NaNo to rejuvinate my enthusiasm;
10) Just write, darn it!
Any strategies you can think to add?