Hello again, Wrimos. We are officially 1 week into NaNoWriMo!
By the end of today, your word count — if you have been steadily writing 1,667 words a day — should be 11,669. You should have your 5K and 10K badges, and it has only been a week! Next stop, 25K!
Don’t worry if you aren’t there yet, though.
A helpful hint I received from a local author at last year’s NaNoWriMo kick-off event was to plan for 5 days of no writing and write 2,000 words a day when you do write. That would take you 25 days to finish your novel. Not so bad, huh? Even if you haven’t started yet, you could write 2,000 words a day for 21 days and spend 2 other days writing 4,000 words. Or you could come to the NaNoWriMo 5K write-in and write 5,000 words one day, and 3,000 another.
I haven’t been writing all 2,000 words in one sitting. I write a few hundred in the morning, a few hundred at lunch, and then finish up after dinner. When I work late, I take my mornings to write the most and finish up a few hundred words at night. How do you reach word count daily?
Some of you are not participating in NaNoWriMo, but here’s a different kind of challenge: El Santo (Larry Cruz) of The Webcomic Overlook had this to say about November: “Heck, maybe we should just rename the month “National Challenge Yourself Month” (NaChaYouMo), no?” I think he’s on to something there. Whatever you do, or want to do, what better time to do it than right now? Last year, I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo, but I fleshed out a graphic novel project that I am still working on. Even if you don’t have anything in mind, use this month to just BE BETTER. Stick to your grocery lists, sing karaoke in front of a crowd, submit a photograph to a contest, propose a new idea at work, or wake up earlier. It’s up to you.
Writing in the library? It can be done! We have some tips for you. It… it gets a little weird.
Gemma Correll draws all day! If you aren’t writing, try this!
Good luck this month!
-Stacia, Library Assistant, Tech Services