We’re in the last week of #NaNoWriMo, and I’m currently right on track to finish. This will be the first time I’ve ever even come close. My last personal best was something around 4k words.
It’s incredibly easy to get sidetracked, lose motivation, or to have life get in the way. I work full time, am married, have a (nearly) 2 year old in the house and another one on the way. It only worked for me because 1) My wife has been incredibly supportive and encouraging. 2) My friends have been cheering me on. 3) For the first time ever in my life I used an outline.
If you are like me and are usually terrible about finishing the first draft of your projects, preparation goes a long way. I almost said “a little preparation”, but it wasn’t little. It was weeks of writing character pages, outlining, and planning.
Don’t let anyone tell you that creative projects aren’t work. They are. Fun work, sure, and more likely than not your passion if you are putting that much effort into them, but they are still work.
27 November 2012
Erin Morgenstern is an author. Her book, The Night Circus, started as a project for NaNoWriMo.
NaNo starts tonight at midnight (I’m on Pacific time, so it might have already started for you). I’m extremely excited and terrified. Do me a favor and kick my butt if I start to slack, would you?
31 October 2012
While doing prep for NaNoWriMo yesterday, I came across an exercise called “Morning Pages" that intrigued me. The idea is that first thing in the morning, before you do anything else, you write three pages, long form and preferably hand-written.
You don’t have to do creative writing. You don’t have to make any logical sense. The idea is to use it as a way to clear your head. Want to write about something that is bothering you? Do it. Want to make a list of random stuff you should get done that day? Do it.
I used my first day of morning pages to put down on paper some concerns I have regarding NaNo. The pages aren’t meant to be shared with anyone else, but they do help clear the dust. It is a good way to start the day. I am hoping to keep it up from here on out.
30 October 2012