If you’ve been following the embedded NaNoWriMo calendar widget in my sidebar, you will have noticed that I’ve been slacking in my writing over the last week or so. Unfortunately, this is par for the course for me with the annual writing challenge. I’ll start of decently then flounder miserably about a week in.
The difference for me this year is that I believe that I actually have a decent story idea. In fact, I’m using this month to write the first very rough draft of what is to become my first novel, tentatively titled “The Burke Lake Incident”. It’ll be my novel even if I don’t “win” NaNoWriMo this year. Well, before I start giving myself an excuse to not finish, let’s talk about how I plan on finishing–finishing is defined as writing 50,000 words or more by November 31st.
The reason I’m behind currently is lack of sleep. I tried the get up an hour earlier thing and I’m ending up exhausted. I’m not an early morning person. No matter how hard I try. I’m shifting my main writing to the evening after my kids go to sleep. I’m usually up until 11pm anyway, so I might as well be doing something productive. You can get a lot of writing done in two hours.
Another tactic is that I plan to use is writing during various down times throughout the day. My hour one-way commute is a great way to small bursts of writing in. Every word counts toward the end goal of having a complete novel. Thinking about it now, I realize that we as writers have so much time to write. We just have to get to it.
So, take a look at the inserted image of my writing count as of this writing and let’s see how we progress by the end of the month.