Are you doing NaNoWriMo, or have you ever? Does having a deadline inspire you?
As I mentioned on Sunday, I will be doing NaNoWriMo this year. (My username over there is SilversteinELA--I could always use more writing buddies!) And this year, I'm going to finish. (I prefer the term "finish" to NaNo's "win"--listen, I love videogames and boardgames as much as the next nerd, but in this case I feel like it doesn't quite fit what I'm trying to do.)
And yes, I am HUGELY deadline-motivated. NaNo is already motivating me to do a few things:
- Finish unpacking and stay on top of the housework! My goal is to be completely finished with our unpacking by the 26th (a Friday), so that I can take the last two weekdays in November to give everything a really good, thorough clean and start outlining my chosen project in a little more detail.
- Start actually writing down story/character ideas, picking up craft books, comparing methods of outlining, and throwing together quick-and-dirty outlines of some of my ideas. I've just got a running-record style Google Doc with tons of unconnected bullets: worlds, what-ifs, characters, first lines, concepts. Just last night, I had one of those moments where I had to sit up in bed, grab my computer, and jot a note IN ALL CAPS--I think I've found the heart of my story. Now I have to find the bones, the skin, the liver, the spleen...but that's what November is for!
- Look at my calendar and customize my daily word-count goals. I'll be writing on weekdays only, since Mr. S often has to work late and our weekends together are really important. I might be taking an overnight trip in mid-November, and of course there's Thanksgiving, so I've got four days at half-speed. I've marked each day's goal on my calendar, so I know in advance exactly which milestones I need to hit. The goal for regular days is 2500 words (totally do-able, since I'm home all day and I'll only have to worry about maintenance housework) and for the four half-days, 1250.