Having undertaken Nanowrimo for the past two years, the first year
successfully and the second not, there are some things that I have
learnt along the way that I thought I’d share with you. And of course
if you’ve done Nano yourself I’d love to hear from you. It would be
great if you’d share what worked for you and what didn’t. Plus of course
I’d love to engage with you generally on this Blog. Come on, don’t be shy. Say hello and tell me a bit about yourself.
Anyway back to the original subject – firstly, remember that committing
to writing 1667 words every day for 30 days is manageable. However, you
might want to think about what other things you’ll need to sacrifice in
order to achieve it, particularly if you are working full-time, running
a family, have a life etc. It’s a pretty easy equation to work out. In
order to say yes to Nano, you may well have to say no to dinner out with
a friend one evening. In order to say yes to a walk on a sunny
November afternoon, you may well have to say no to Nano. See simples!
You might also wish to consider what’s the best time of day for you to
write. Perhaps getting up an hour earlier each day during the dark
mornings of November works for you (it sounds crazy to me but hey
everyone’s different). Or perhaps you’re a night hawk and choose to stay
up at night once the rest of the household is in bed. Give some
consideration to when you believe is a good time for you to write. If
you can get into a routine, this will help. After all most writers will
tell you, the best way to become a prolific writer is to write every
day. If you read Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing’, he states:
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:
read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that
I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
Undertaking Nanowrimo at least gets you half way there – well for 30 days anyway.
So that’s it for today. To summarise, I think undertaking Nanowrimo is
like starting lots of new projects in life. Are you committed fully to
it or is it something you hope to slot into your life? Have a think
about what’s going on for you in November and consider what sacrifices
you might need to make whether that be not doing some of the things you
usually do or sacrificing an hour in bed each morning to ensure you get
up and write.
If you’re in, I wish you well and hope to see you here again.