In Which Imogen Shares Her NaNoWriMo Goals18:05
I think by now, everyone is aware that NaNoWriMo has started. Writers scurry away into their little caves, armed with tea, clubs, and caffeine patches, sweating out their daily word counts. I myself am no different. In the Dragon Cave, it’s anchors away on the first draft of Blood Debt. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50k words of a novel in 30 days, but I’m a bit of a challenge addict and have decided it’s time to up the ante and give myself a couple more goals. So, in the interested of fun (stress?) here are three extra goals I’ve come up with for myself.
1) Write in ten different locations. As a writer, I tend to get stuck in a rut in terms of my routine. Some days, when the words aren’t coming, it’s best to shake things up, try a new spot, get out of the house even. So this NaNoWriMo, I aim to find ten different places to do my novelling in.
2) Achieve three 10k days. 10k days are like magic. The words pouring onto the page in a mesmerising pattern that eventually makes sense is almost hypnotising. Or that could be the copious amounts of coffee you consume to get you through. Either way, if one 10k day is good, then three is three times better, right?
3) Write two novels. Crazy goal I know. But when the plot bunnies bite, you can but follow their lead. I have two fleshed out novel ideas, and both beg to be written this month. So, time allowing, I will at least try to start the second idea also. (Count yourselves lucky. A third idea went hopping by the other day. I closed the door, shut my eyes and waited for it to leave.)
And there you have it. Imogen’s recipe for a high stress, panic inducing month of sleeplessness, word overload, and absolute awesome. How many of these goals will I actually hit? I have no idea, but, as they say, aim high and you might hit the top of the tree. I’m throwing myself into this NaNo good and proper this year. And, to keep myself on track with my goals, and to share a bit of the process with you guys, I’ll be posting a NaNo update every Wednesday this month, sharing word count progress, goal progress, and maybe even a few quotes (does that sound enticing?). I hope you’ll drop by with a few encouraging words!
What are you writing at the moment? Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? What are your goals for this month? Do you think I’m just a wee bit crazy for trying to do this many extra things? How badly do we predict I’m going to fail? (hint: I’d vote for catastrophic failure myself!)