We are 16 days from November 1st! THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
I have some semblance of a plan for how I shall survive and win NaNo this year. It is a scary and not at all pretty plan, but it is a plan nonetheless.
And this year, I am unleashing my inner-Elsa for NaNo.
Oh, yeah, I am ready! Except I’m sick. But…
SO! The plan!
Get up early.
I have found that the plot bunnies like to play best first thing in the morning and before my hobbits get up.
This means getting to bed at a reasonable hour. (I’m working on it and doing pretty good! Three nights asleep at a good time in a row!)
I’m estimating that it’ll take me about two hours to get my daily wordcount. If I get a jump on that first thing in the morning, then I should be able to make it.
I have no idea what I’m doing about Sundays, though.
I could still get up at 6 to write, but everyone gets up at 7/7:30 to get ready for church. And then there’s church for the rest of the morning. Write after church, I guess? And should I even get up early on Sundays because I don’t like falling asleep during church…
Suggestions appreciated here. Seriously.
No social media before I’ve hit my daily wordcount.
This one hurts a bit. Because I enjoy being on Twitter and all that during breakfast. BUT. If I allow myself social media before I’ve written, when will I make myself stop and get my wordcount written? You know exactly what I mean. And if I’m getting up early to give myself an extra hour or two to write, then I can’t waste it all online.
If you see me on some social media, ask me about my wordcount. Seriously.
(There are three exceptions to this guideline. I am leaving my email open. I also will still be DM-ing Lily, who has been helping me go to bed and get up on time. And third, I will probably need a word war at some point.)
I have no idea how I am fitting blogging into NaNo. After daily wordgoals are met, yes, but when or how I don’t know.
I have to figure out my hair.
I realize how weird this sounds. Bear with me, please. Basically, I have hair that is naturally wavy/almost curly and it’s currently shoulder length and I quite frankly don’t like messing with it. NaNo rolls around and I really don’t want to mess with it. I want to get it cut short, but having to deal with cowlicks and bedhead is a pain, too.
I can’t win this…
I’ll figure it out. But if anyone has suggestions for this, too (hairstyle, how to care for one’s hair during NaNo, etc.)…
(Because I know someone is thinking it… Reader-peeps, I am not cutting it ALL off. Don’t even suggest it, thank you. It’s not a helpful joke.)
Stay excited and make magic.
Why am I doing NaNo? Why am I putting myself through getting up early and no social media and getting my hair cut short so I don’t have to deal with it?
Because I am a writer. I am excited for this new story and the challenge of writing a whole novel in a month. I want to keep that excitement high. I am excited to create new characters and see where this story takes them.
Other (more fun) things I’m doing to keep excitement and ambition high:
If I win NaNo, I’m buying myself this coffee mug and a book.
I want to make a picture that says something like “I reached my wordcount goal today!” and I want to post it here every day that I do make my goal. (I’m not sure how to do this yet. Tips for making pictures and uploading them would be appreciated.)
Planning! I have to know what I’m going to write before I try to write it. I’m not talking about a big, whole story outline. But in between writing sessions, I need to know what scene I’m writing next. Also, it helps to have a notebook for planning/brainstorming/micro-outlining.
And that’s my loose and scary NaNoPlan. Now, I just have to finish this LASER draft and get rid of this cold…